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CARROLLTON, GA |
OCTOBER 21, 2013 – The University of West Georgia College of Arts
and Humanities is serving as the statewide host site for discussion on a national
report titled “The Heart of the Matter: the Humanities and Social Sciences” conducted
by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences.
G. Wayne Clough, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, president emeritus of
Georgia Institute of Technology and a member of the commission, will be attending
UWG as part of the discussion on Oct. 31, 2013. As leader of the Smithsonian Institution,
Clough oversees the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19
museums and galleries, the National Zoo and nine research facilities.
“The humanities – our history, literature, poetry, stories – impart
knowledge and critical thinking skills, attributes essential to our personal success
and productivity as citizens in today’s world,” said Jamil Zainaldin, president
of the Georgia Humanities Council.
The report is in response to a bipartisan request from members of the U.S. Senate
and House of Representatives who wanted to know actions Congress and others should
take regarding the long-term sustainability and national excellence of the education
in the humanities and social sciences. The UWG College of Arts and Humanities Second
Annual Symposium on The Shape of the Humanities in Higher Education is the first
site to host the discussion in Georgia. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences,
the Federation of State Humanities Council, the Georgia Humanities Council and the
Georgia Public Library Service are sponsoring and helping to promote the event at
“We’re honored and excited to have our event selected as the state of Georgia’s
site for a sponsored discussion of ‘The Heart of the Matter,’” said Dr. Randy Hendricks,
dean of UWG College of Arts and Humanities and moderator for the symposium. “With
Secretary Clough, Rosanna Warren, Esther Mackintosh and Robert Schaefer as our panelists,
the event promises to be a highlight in the life of our campus, our community and
our state. Our thanks to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Federation
of State Humanities Council, the Georgia Public Library Service and the Georgia
Humanities Council for their support.”
The symposium is held during the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature’s
28th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities, which brings more than
100 scholars from around the state, nation and seven other countries to campus on
Oct. 31 through Nov. 3. Dr. AnaLouise Keating, professor of women’s studies at Texas
Woman’s University, will deliver the keynote address for the conference on Nov.
1 at 1:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom.
“The University of West Georgia is the ideal venue for an in-depth discussion on
‘The Heart of the Matter,’" said John Tessitore, director of programming for the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences. "For 28 years, UWG’s conference on the humanities
in education has focused on the importance of interdisciplinary scholarship and
well-rounded education. The Academy Commission is pleased to be able to participate
in the conversation this year. This is exactly the type of conversation that we
hoped would follow the release of our report.”
The symposium features a panel of speakers including Clough, Esther Mackintosh,
president of the Federation of State Humanities Council, Rosanna Warren, award-winning
poet and endowed professor at the University of Chicago, and Robert Schaefer, professor
of political science and chair of the Department of Political Science and Planning
at UWG. A dinner for the conference participants concluding with brief remarks from
Clough will precede the symposium at 6:30 p.m., with the panelist discussion beginning
at 7:30 p.m. at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. The 7:30 event is free
and open to the public. Warren will also deliver a poetry reading on Nov. 1 at 7:00
p.m. in the Kathy Cashen Recital Hall.
“We are grateful to the University of West Georgia for helping us to advance this
conversation about the important role the humanities and social sciences play in
American society,” said Mackintosh. “I can think of no setting more appropriate
than the prestigious Symposium on The Shape of the Humanities for exploring the
findings and recommendations the Commission has provided in their significant and
“Georgia Public Library Service is honored to be a partner in this event honoring
our longtime friend Wayne Clough,” said Lamar Veatch, state librarian for Georgia
Public Library Service. “He has enjoyed a remarkable tenure at Georgia Tech and
the Smithsonian Institution, and we are thrilled to be able to participate in this
The Commission to create “The Heart of the Matter” report includes 53 nationally
prominent representatives from industry, government, academia and the arts. The
group is co-chaired by Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University, and John
W. Rowe, retired chairman and chief executive officer of the Exelon Corporation.
Other prominent members include journalist David Brooks, filmmaker Ken Burns, poet
Dana Gioia, musician and songwriter Emmylou Harris, actor John Lithgow, film producer
George Lucas, musician Yo-Yo Ma, Boeing President James McNerney and former Supreme
Court Associate Justice David Souter.
For more information on the University of West Georgia College of Arts and Humanities,
please visit www.westga.edu/coah.
To view the complete Commission report, please visit www.humanitiescommission.org.
Photo: G. Wayne Clough
Credit: Smithsonian Institution
The University of West Georgia is the land of opportunity for approximately
12,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 97 fields of study. The university
is known for its innovative approach to scholarly achievement, creative expression,
and service to humanity. It is recognized by U.S. News & World Report magazine
as the #46 public university in the South.
Founded in Carrollton, Ga., in 1906, UWG also offers classes at its Newnan and Douglasville
centers and online. For more information, please visit westga.edu
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 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 Georgia Humanities Council is a private, nonprofit cultural leader in the State
that funds and conducts programs in the Humanities that benefit all Georgians. It
is a partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Federation of State Humanities Councils serves as the national voice for the
state humanities councils, advancing the work of the councils by advocating for
funding, developing national partners, providing occasions for exchange of information
and ideas, and increasing awareness of the benefits the humanities bring to American
Georgia Public Library Service empowers libraries to improve the lives of Georgians
by encouraging visionary leadership; ensuring equal access to information and technology;
promoting the value and joy of life long reading and learning; and facilitating
collaboration and innovation in the library community.
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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