WHO: The American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences
WHAT: Third regional forum: “The Importance of the Humanities and Social Sciences for Public Life”
WHERE: Missouri History Museum, Forest Park
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Gerald Early,
a commission member and director of the Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis; and Leslie Berlowitz
, president, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
ABOUT THE COMMISSION:
Answering a bipartisan call from U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Mark Warner (D-Vir.), and Reps. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) and David Price (D-N.C.), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has created a blue-ribbon Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences.
The commission’s goal is to claim space in the national dialogue for the humanities and the social sciences and to recommend specific steps that government, schools and universities, cultural institutions, businesses and philanthropies can take to support and strengthen these areas of knowledge.
The St. Louis forum — the third in a series of regional meetings at which commission members will receive testimony — will focus on the importance of the humanities and social sciences to public life and lifelong learning. The meeting will include representatives from State Humanities Councils, historical societies, universities, libraries and other cultural institutions from across Missouri.
Delivering testimony will be:
Lesley Barker, director, Bolduc House Museum, St. Genevieve, Mo.
Priscilla Block, executive director, St. Louis Art Works
Gene Dobbs Bradford, executive director, Jazz St. Louis
Anna Crosslin, executive director, International Institute, St. Louis
Geoff Giglierano, executive director, Missouri Humanities Council
Jessica Hentoff, artistic/executive director, Circus Harmony/Circus Day Foundation, St. Louis
Crosby Kemper III, executive director, Kansas City Public Library
Marilu Knode, director, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis
Waller McGuire, executive director, St. Louis Public Library
Boo McLoughlin, executive director, Craft Alliance, St. Louis
Carol North, artistic director, Metro Theater Company, St. Louis
Timothy O'Leary, general director, Opera Theater of Saint Louis
Aldemaro Romero, dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Diane Touliatos, director, The Center for the Humanities, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Chief Glenna Wallace, Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
David Carl Wilson, dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Webster University, St. Louis
To arrange an interview or attend the event, contact Liam Otten at (314) 935-8494, (314) 324-2076 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.