Tag Archives: national endowment for the humanities

LEH Welcomes new NEH Chairman

On July 23, William “Bro” Adams was sworn in as the new NEH Chairman. Nominated in April by President Obama, Chairman Adams  is a native of Birmingham, Michigan, and son of an auto industry executive. He earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Colorado College and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz History of Consciousness Program. He studied in France as a Fulbright Scholar before beginning his career in higher education with appointments to teach political philosophy at Santa Clara University in California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on to coordinate the Great Works in Western Culture program at Stanford University and to serve as vice president and Secretary of Wesleyan University. He became president of Bucknell University in 1995 and president of Colby College in 2000.

The LEH welcomes Chairman Adams. We look forward to meeting him at the 2014 National Humanities Conference in Philadelphia.

LHC Film Screening: “Freedom Riders” on July 1

FreedomRiders_0July 2 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. On Tuesday, July 1,  the LEH commemorates  the landmark legislation with a screening of “Freedom Riders,” the award-winning documentary included in the LEH’s 2013 “Created Equal” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute. Doors open at 6pm and event is free and open to the public.

After the screening, the LEH’s Brian Boyles talks to legendary Civil Rights activist and Free Southern Theater co-founder John O’Neal and Stephanie McKee, Artistic Director of Junebug Productions, about the legacy of the Civil Rights Act. Audience participation is welcome in the post-film conversation.

For more info, email boyles@leh.org or call 504.620.2632. The LHC is located at 938 Lafayette Street in New Orleans.