Tragic is an Understatement

In my last post, I mentioned the tragic cuts proposed by FSU’s budget crisis committee. In addition to the abandonment of a piece of Americana in the Ringling Museum and plans for a new Performing Arts Center, that particular link mentions “program closures.”  Well, leave it to the Booster club to keep things diplomatic.  It turns out that German and Anthropology are on the chopping block.  Tell me, President Wetherell, apart from the notion of classical Greek education, where did we inherit our academic tradition from?  Oh yeah, the GERMAN system!  Also, can you please explain to me how a top-tier research institution justifies cutting its program for the study of human life?

Maybe I should be happy.  I mean, without anthropologists around, maybe the ethnomusicologists will have less competition for the International Dissertation Research Fellowships, and more lucky winners will come out of my program.  But wait: that won’t fix the gaping hole in their required curriculum for anthropology electives.  It won’t make up for the loss of wonderful colleagues that we have in the students and professors of that department.  It definitely won’t make up for the loss of amazing opportunities for meaningful cross-campus discourse that we have enjoyed with Anthropology for the entire life of the Ethnomusicology program (over thirty years).  Tell me, what good does it do for the Office of National Fellowships to help students with their DAAD applications for wonderful undergraduate and graduate programs in Germany if they won’t be able to speak the language when they get there?  What good is a Global Pathways Initiative if you no longer care about understanding the people we encounter around the world?  Where do you leave that fledgling Initiative when you abandon the students and professors doing ethnographic research in over sixty-five countries around the world?

Luckily, these cuts have not been finalized and cannot be finalized by the Budget Crisis Committee, who are clearly in such a state of panic that their concern for the bottom line has impaired their ability to think straight.  It’s up to the legislature to either give the university what it needs or really foul things up.   With a track record of deep lasorations into the education budget, we might not have much reason to believe that the state legislature will put the university back on track.  However, that’s no reason not to let them know that they need to try.  Please find the contact information for individuals below who still have power to stop these senseless cuts.  Write to them.  Tell them to invest in education in Florida.

Senate:
Jeff Atwater 1-561-625-5101
Senator Jeff Atwater
Room 312, SOB
404 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100
Atwater.jeff.web@flsenate.gov

JD Alexander 1-863-298-7677
Senator J. D. Alexander
Room 412 SOB
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100
Alexander.jd.web@flsenate.gov

Evelyn Lynn 1-386-238-3180
Senator Evelyn J. Lynn
Room 212, SOB
404 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100
Lynn.evelyn.we@flsenate.gov

Stephen Wise
Senator Stephen R. Wise
Room 220, SOB
404 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100
Wise.stephen.web@flsenate.gov

Don Gaetz
Senator Don Gaetz
Room 320, SOB
404 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100
Gaetz.don.web@flsenate.gov

Steve Oelrich
Senator Steve Oelrich
Room 314, SOB
404 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Oelrich.steve.web@flsenate.gov

Nancy Detert
Senator Nancy Detert
Room 318, SOB
404 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100
Detert.nancy.web@flsenate.gov

House:
Larry Cretul 1-352-873-6564
Representative Larry Cretul
Room 420, CAP
402 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300
Larry.cretul@myfloridahouse.gov

Marti Coley 1-850-718-0047
Representative Marti Coley
Room 319, CAP
402 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300
Marti.coley@myfloridahouse.gov

Bill Proctor 1-904-823-2550
Representative Bill Proctor
Room 223, CAP
402 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300
Bill.proctor@myfloridahouse.gov

Faye Culp
Representative Faye Culp
Room 1102, CAP
402 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300
Faye.culp@myfloridahouse.gov

Dean Cannon
Representative Dean Cannon
Room 422, CAP
402 S. Monroe
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300
Dean.cannon@myfloridahouse.gov

Anitere Flores
Representative Anitere Flores
Room 422, CAP
402 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300
Anitere.flores@myfloridahouse.gov

John Legg
Representative John Legg
Room 1101, CAP
402. S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300
John.legg@myfloridahouse.gov

David Rivera
Representative David Rivera
Room 223, CAP
402 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300
David.rivera@myfloridahouse.gov

Will Weatherford
Representative Will Weatherford
Room 223, CAP
402 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300
Will.weatherford@myfloridahouse.gov

Greg Evers
greg.evers@myfloridahouse.gov
Eddy Gonzalez
eddy.gonzalez@myfloridahouse.gov
Rich Glorioso
rich.glorioso@myfloridahouse.gov

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