All posts by Alan Liu

Mellon Foundation Funds the 4Humanities “WhatEvery1Says” Project

4Humanities is happy to announce that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has provided $1.1 million in funding for the WhatEvery1Says (WE1S) project for three years, beginning October 1, 2017. Based at University of California, Santa Barbara, with partners at California State University, Northridge, and University of Miami, the WE1S project investigates how the news media […]

Austin Yack, “The Humanities in the Eyes of Texas and Florida Politicians”

Earlier in 2016, UCSB (University of California, Santa Barbara) Political Science major and English minor Austin Yack examined United States political discourse from 2009 to 2015 in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government and also the legislative branch of California (the state with the greatest population) to study how politicians talk about the humanities.

Now, soon after graduating , Austin has extended his study to the next two most populous states in the U. S.: Texas and Florida. In his new white paper, “The Humanities in the Eyes of Texas and Florida Politicians,” he studies the actions of the Texas and Florida state legislatures during 2009 to 2015 on the humanities.

One finding is that in these years politicians in Texas and Florida were more active in substantively boosting the humanities than their California peers, who primarily just issued symbolic “resolutions” recognizing the humanities.

Austin presents his results in his white paper and accompanying dataset.

Collage of "Shout Out for the Humanities" 1st Prize Winners

Winners of the 4Humanities Student Prize Contest

4Humanities is proud to announce the winners for its “Shout Out for the Humanities” student prize contest. Congratulations on the winners and to the honorable mentions. Thanks also to all the other students and teams who made submissions, many of which were inspiring, creative, eloquent, and moving. Over the coming weeks and months, 4Humanities will showcase and publicize the submissions of the contest winners, honorable mentions, and selected other submissions. See press release. (Go to full descriptions and links for Undergraduate winners | Graduate-student winners)

Undergraduate Winners & Honorable Mentions

Graduate Student Winners & Honorable Mentions

Shout Out for the Humanities

Stay Tuned For Winners of the “Shout Out For the Humanities” Contest

Thanks to all the students who submitted entries for the “Shout Out for the Humanities” prize contest, and thanks for their patience in awaiting results! While it took longer than 4humanities expected, the contest judges are now almost done with their second, final round of evaluations of the submissions. 4Humanities will be able to announce the winners by the first week of June 2016.

Twitter campaign analytics

Keywords and Hashtags for Social Media Campaigns Supporting the Humanities collected multilingual keywords and Twitter hashtags for paid social-media campaigns on Twitter and Facebook to promote its Shout Out For the Humanities student prize contest in 2016. In the case of Twitter, promoted campaigns place specific tweets in the timelines and also search results of people in nations and demographic sectors selected for the campaign who either follow or search for those particular keywords/hashtags. In the case of Facebook, promoted campaigns place ads in the view of Facebook users similarly targeted by nation, demographic sector, interests, and so on.

Because these keywords/hashtags may be of use to others engaged in social-media advocacy for the humanities, 4Humanities is posting them as a resource. We will update the list with new languages and terms as suggested to us. (We hope to extend this list to other languages and terms. Suggestions for keywords/hashtags in any language may be emailed to

Jump to full post, list of keywords/hashtags, and fuller explanation.