When politicians attack the humanities and arts, they are forgetting core lessons from our founders and depleting our capacity to sustain a civil society. In their Inside Higher Ed essay, Ignoring the Founders, Schneider and Townsend write, "There would be no America if Thomas Jefferson cared more about beans and viticulture than the truth that all men are created equal, if John Adams cared more about the legality of contracts for debt than liberty, if Benjamin Franklin cared more about inventing and marketing new technologies than the pursuit of happiness." The essay will be reprinted in the next issue of AAC&U's flagship journal Liberal Education. Since 1991, AAC&U and the Aspen Institute have co-sponsored the Wye Seminars on Citizenship in the American and Global Polity, for which Townsend serves as director and faculty member. The content and pedagogy of these seminars foster learning needed to secure a self-governing democracy and a prosperous economy. The seminars, designed for faculty members and academic leaders, will be offered again in the summer of 2014.