I just got back from Ecuador through FLAS funding, which is directly impacted by this… The subject was most definitely on everyone’s mind while at the field school, both professors and students. This article clearly lays out why Title VI and Fulbright funding is so important for the US. While I believe that the reasons for understanding other languages and other cultures go far beyond our questions of economic competitive capacity in a global market, or even questions of national security, these are two very real, immediate, and pragmatic concerns for why these programs need to be protected and funded. As the article points out, this budget is less than two-tenths of one percent of the federal budget, counted, when fully funded, at just below $40 million. That’s virtually nothing compared to many other programs. Cutting the Title VI budget in half harms not only those of us who are engaged with programs funded by this money, but turns a blind eye to lessons so clearly learned post 9/11 about the need for intercultural communicability.