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John Lithgow, Award-winning Actor and Author Featured in UMD Arts and Humanities Lecture Series

Lithgow to discuss “Heart of the Matter” report on the value of the humanities and “Stories By Heart,” the power of storytelling

Press Release


The University of Maryland College of Arts and Humanities presents the WORLDWISE Arts and Humanities Dean’s Lecture Series featuring John Lithgow, Tony and Emmy award-winning actor. And – it’s FREE!

With roles from the Trinity Killer on “Dexter” to Dr. Dick Solomon on “3rd Rock from the Sun,” Lithgow has won Golden Globes, Emmy and Tony Awards for both comedic and dramatic roles on stage and screen. Moderated by Sheri Parks, associate professor of American Studies and former NPR host, Lithgow will discuss his new storytelling project and the importance of the arts and humanities.

Lithgow is a member of the Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which produced the national report “The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation.” Created by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Commission seeks to advance dialogue on the importance of the humanities and social sciences to the future of our nation. The University of Maryland College of Arts and Humanities serves as a host site to extend that conversation.

The Dean's Lecture Series provides an opportunity for the college faculty, students, staff and community to join together for stimulating conversation about issues across the arts and humanities disciplines. Lectures and performances may address either enduring or emerging questions central to the arts and humanities, or those arising from other disciplines to which the arts and humanities might speak.

In addition to presenting a major public event, each speaker interacts in smaller settings with faculty, graduate students and/or undergraduates.


Monday, November 18, 2013, 5:30 PM


Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 Map.


Media coverage is welcome, however, space is limited, so please contact us for tickets. Parking is available in the Stadium Drive Garage across from the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and just off University Blvd.

Admittance is free. For those attending please:

  • Register with Nicky Everette by emailing meve@umd.edu (required)
  • Provide name, position, media affiliation, media credentials. (I.D. required at event)
  • Arrive early due to limited seating. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

The 2013-14 series includes historian and Harvard Law School professor Annette Gordon-Reed; Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union Anthony Romero; and United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. For more information, visit www.beworldwise.umd.edu.

To join in the live twitter conversation on the day of the event, follow the College of Arts and Humanities on Twitter @umd_arhu and use #ARHUDLS


For more information about this event, please contact Nicky Everette, director of marketing and communications for the University of Maryland College of Arts and Humanities, at meve@umd.edu or 301-405-6714. To view the complete Commission report, please visit www.humanitiescommission.org.