National Endowment for the Humanities Chair
Bruce Cole, the chairman for the National Endowment for the Humanities, will give a lecture on “The State of the Humanities,” Friday, September 5, 2008, as part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series. The talk is also the culminating event in a series celebrating the Warren Center’s 20th anniversary.
Before being appointed to the NEH by President George W. Bush in 2001, Cole was Distinguished Professor of Art History and a professor of comparative literature at Indiana University in Bloomington.
As NEH chairman, Cole launched We the People, a program created to encourage the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture. We the People has expanded since its inception and now includes Picturing America, a new initiative to help students trace the nation’s history through American art.
Cole has written fourteen books, many of them about the Renaissance. They include The Renaissance Artist at Work; Sienese Painting in the Age of the Renaissance; Italian Art, 1250-1550: The Relation of Art to Life and Society; Titian and Venetian Art, 1450-1590; and Art of the Western World: From Ancient Greece to Post-Modernism. His most recent book is The Informed Eye: Understanding Masterpieces of Western Art.
Previous events in the Warren Center’s 20th anniversary celebration included a lecture by Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú, a symposium on Franz Rosenzweig, a conference marking the 40th anniversary of Marin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, and a concert/reading celebrating the musicology of Little House on the Prairie.
Cole’s lecture will open with a reception at 5:00 p.m., and the talk will begin at 6:00 p.m. while streaming live on VUCast: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/news.
For more information, contact the Center's executive director, Mona C. Frederick.
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