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CAMBRIDGE, MA | SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 – The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, an organization
born seven years before the Constitution itself, is joining a nation-wide celebration
of Constitution Day, Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The American Academy, in partnership
with the Civics Renewal Network, will present events in Washington, DC at the Knight
Conference Center at the Newseum.
A lively discussion on Stewarding America begins at 11a.m., followed at 12:30p.m.by
a special luncheon keynote address by newly appointed National Endowment for the
Humanities Chairman, William
Following this informative discussion, William “Bro” Adams will address the audience.
Adams, who was confirmed as the 10th Chairman of the National Endowment for the
Humanities in July 2014, previously served from 2000 to June 2014 as President of
Colby College in Waterville, Maine. A committed advocate for liberal arts and humanities
education, Adams is also an Army veteran who served as a combat infantry veteran
in Vietnam. Adams has always maintained an understanding and commitment to the humanities
as essential to education and to civic life.
This event will be live streamed at www.amacad.org/constitutionday Join the American Academy
on Twitter for this event, #Civics2014, and follow us on Facebook.
For a list of other Constitution Day events from the Civics Renewal Network, please
Media are welcome to attend. Please enter at the Freedom Forum entrance on 6th Street,
Contact: Felicia K. Knight, 207 831 5676,
About the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
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 science and technology policy; global security and international
affairs; institutions of democracy; the humanities and culture; and education. 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.
About the Civics Renewal Network
The Civics Renewal Network is an alliance of 26 organizations dedicated to raising
the visibility of civics education and providing free, high-quality resources for
teachers and classes through
CivicsRenewalNetwork.org. The partners include the Annenberg Public Policy
Center, the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration,
the National Constitution Center, the NEH’s EDSITEment Project, the Newseum and
the U.S. Courts.
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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