Recently, Governor Rick Scott of Florida was quoted in the Herald Tribune as saying that he wanted to devote state funding resources to encourage students to graduate with degrees in science, technology, engineering and medical degrees, noting “the state doesn’t need any more anthropologists.”
We ask that you join this petition to have Gov. Scott meet with representatives from the humanities community so that he can be educated as to our collective contribution to the scientific advancement, economy, and well-being of his state. We will be collecting signatures for the next two weeks, and plan to submit our request on Monday, October 31.
Thank you for joining this petition, and helping us underscore the value of humanities-related research and study not only in Florida, but nationwide.
To “sign” the petition,below, add your name to the reply box below along with any constructive comments you have for the Governor.
October 31, 2011
State of Florida
400 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0001
Dear Governor Scott:
We, the undersigned members of the humanities and social science community, request that you meet with our Florida-based representatives, members and students to discuss our contributions to the scientific advancement, economy, and well-being of Florida. The President and the Executive Director of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) wrote to you on October 11, 2011 and asked for a meeting. We ask that you give our representatives an opportunity to respond to your statement that the state of Florida “does not need more anthropology majors.” While your statement engages anthropologists directly, it also has immediate implications for the entire network of professionals (both established and in-training) in the humanities and social sciences.
We are scholars, scientists, educators, researchers, students, museum curators, government employees and professionals who make many valued contributions in Florida and nationwide. Anthropologists are dedicated to studying humankind in all its aspects, including through archaeological, biological, cultural, medical and linguistic research. Together with our colleagues from social sciences (including sociology, political science, criminology, international relations, among many others) and the humanities (such as modern languages, history, religion, art, among many others), our impact on the state is strong.
For example, as the Florida Public Archaeology Network documents, sustainable heritage tourism and historic preservation in Florida contributes over $4 billion per year to Florida’s economy. We look forward to your meeting with our representatives, and will follow up on this request in a few short days. Please feel free to contact Damon Dozier, Director of Public Affairs at the AAA if you have any questions, comments or concerns.