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MIAMI, FL | September 14, 2012 – Members of a national commission,
charged by Congress to find ways for the United States to maintain national excellence
in the humanities and social sciences, are coming to the Miami for a forum with
state and local educational, cultural, philanthropic, and business leaders to discuss
the vital role of the humanities and social sciences in local communities. Created
by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences,
the Commission on the
Humanities and Social Sciences will be gathering information on best practices,
innovations, and ideas to strengthen and promote the humanities and social sciences
in communities and neighborhoods across the United States and better understand
how they strengthen our daily lives.
The forum will take place on Friday, September 14, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to
12:00 p.m. at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Room
2106, Miami, FL.
Miami Dade College President Eduardo J. Padrón and University of Miami
President Donna E. Shalala, both members of the Commission, will host the
forum. Commission member and former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, and
American Academy of Arts and Sciences President Leslie Berlowitz will also
attend the forum.
The goal of the Commission is to claim a 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.
Local leaders who will address the commission include:
The Miami forum is an important part of the Commission’s outreach. Discussion will
provide Commission members with a new understanding of how the humanities help build
strong and vibrant communities. Similar sessions on the value of the humanities
are taking place throughout the country this summer and fall.
“An educated citizenry is the wellspring of a strong democracy,” said American Academy
President Berlowitz. “From that citizenry, our leaders emerge. This forum provides
an opportunity to focus on how we can ensure that Americans develop the skills and
competencies required for full engagement in the international community—the skills
and competencies fostered by the humanities and social sciences.”
Prior forums were held at the American Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA,
at Stanford University in California, and the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.
Those gatherings focused on K-12 and lifelong learning, literacy, and cultural economic
development; and on international relations and foreign affairs. Commission members
will attend future forums scheduled for New York, and North Carolina.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (www.amacad.org) is an independent policy research center
that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. Current
Academy research focuses on the humanities, arts, and education; science and technology
policy; global security and energy; and American institutions and the public good.
With headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Academy’s work is advanced by
its 4,600 elected members, who are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts,
business, and public affairs from around the world.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a steadfast supporter of the humanities and arts
in this country, provided primary funding for the Commission on the Humanities and
Social Sciences. Carnegie Coporation of New York also provided important funding.
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