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Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture Series


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Chairman Peede is an alumnus of Vanderbilt University, graduating with an undergraduate degree in English in 1991. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in April 2018 as the eleventh chairman of the NEH. Peede’s previous positions include Publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review  at the University of Virginia, Literature Grants Director at the National Endowment for the Arts, and Counselor to NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. His campus visit will also honor the 30th  anniversary of the Warren Center’s founding.

Click here for an interview with Chairman PeedeOriginally published as "Storyteller, Editor, Chairman: An Interview with Jon Parrish Peede" in the Summer 2018 issue of  Humanities  magazine, a publication of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture Series was established in 1994 through the endowment of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Nash Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. George D. Renfro, all of Asheville, North Carolina. The lecture honors Harry C. Howard Jr., who earned his bachelor’s degree Vanderbilt in 1951, and allows the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities to bring an outstanding scholar to Vanderbilt annually to deliver a lecture on a significant topic in the humanities.

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