As Shutdown Drags On, Frustrations Mount for Humanities Researchers

As Shutdown Drags On, Frustrations Mount for Humanities Researchers 1

Lydia Daniller

Benjamin Wurgaft, an intellectual historian affiliated with MIT, says that "in the nightmare scenario in which none of this money is forthcoming," he will have to leave academe.

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Lydia Daniller

Benjamin Wurgaft, an intellectual historian affiliated with MIT, says that "in the nightmare scenario in which none of this money is forthcoming," he will have to leave academe.

Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft doesn't have an Antarctic research project or a government-backed lab to pack up because of the government shutdown, now two weeks old. An intellectual historian with an interest in biotechnology and food studies, Mr. Wurgaft just won a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation to do an ethnography of the effort to grow meat in labs. For the duration of the grant, he'll be