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Advocacy Policy

Medieval Academy of America Advocacy Policy This policy sets forth guidelines for the MAA’s involvement in public policy, litigation and advocacy, whether at the local, state, federal, or international levels and the procedures for determining when and to what extent MAA should become so involved.

The purposes for which the Academy is formed are: "to conduct, encourage, promote and support research, publication and instruction in Mediaeval records, literature, languages, arts, archaeology, history, philosophy, science, life, and all other aspects of Mediaeval civilization, by publications, by research, and by such other means as may be desirable, and to hold property for such purpose.” [Extract from Articles of Organization, 23 December 1925.] To fulfill its mission the MAA will consider requests to advocate on the following matters:

• Supporting the preservation of and access to objects — verbal, visual and material — relating to the study of the Middle Ages.

• Supporting the preservation and expansion of university, museum and archive programs and departments that foster the study and understanding of the Middle Ages

• Supporting preserved and increased funding for libraries, museums, archives, historical sites, and K-12 humanities-teaching initiatives

• Promoting the profile of the humanities and humanistic disciplines in public culture

• Protecting academic freedom and the free movement of scholars

Requests for advocacy statements can originate with any member of the MAA who provides a written request, referring to this Advocacy Policy and its provisions, and presenting a clear and concise explanation of:

• The special knowledge and/or expertise of the MAA in the matter

• The professional interest and concern to the MAA’s membership

• The intended audience for the statement

• The timeframe for the statement

• The desired objective of the statement

MAA advocacy statements are made by the President upon consultation with and by the approval of the majority of the Council. The Council may decide to move the question to the vote of the entire membership. The MAA should be strategic in selecting matters on which to speak out, and public statements should address matters of clear and common professional interest and concern. They should be issued only on matters about which the members have special knowledge and/or expertise. The statement itself should include language that demonstrates such special knowledge.

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Opinions expressed by members in print, video, or online represent their personal views, not necessarily those of the Medieval Academy of America.

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