Hall Center For The Humanities


Jim Leach
Jim Leach
Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

"Bridging Cultures"
Special Events

Mon., Sep. 13, 2010, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
RSVP is required
Location: Hall Center Conference Hall

Co-sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council

This event is open to the public. RSVP is Required. Seating will be limited to the first 100 people to respond to hallcenter@ku.edu or 864-4798.

The Hall Center and the Dole Institute of Politics have worked together to arrange a visit from Jim Leach, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Leach launched a fifty-state tour in November 2009 to call attention to the need for civility in public discourse. “Civilization requires civility,” says Leach. “Words matter. Polarizing attitudes can jeopardize social cohesion.” Leach’s visit to KU will feature a lecture on civility at the Dole, and a presentation at the Hall Center on an allied theme also championed by Leach, “Bridging Cultures.” According to the NEH’s 2011 budget request, which resulted in funding for two new grant initiatives on the theme, Bridging Cultures seeks to “bridge divides by making use of the unique role of the humanities in inspiring reflection, analysis, and conversation on common human themes. Through the humanities, minds are opened to other places, perspectives, and times, and doors are opened to constructive dialogues founded upon respect for and deeper understanding of one another’s intellectual and cultural traditions.”



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