National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman to Speak in South Carolina

Jim Leach, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will deliver a public lecture on "Civility" on Wednesday, January 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. The program will take place in Gambrell Hall Auditorium and is part of a 50-state tour being made by Chairman Leach. SC Humanities is happy to support this public program.

Jim Leach began his four-year term as NEH Chairman in August 2009. Previously, he served 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives as a representative of southeastern Iowa. As a Representative, he founded and co-chaired the Congressional Humanities Caucus.

Leach is a graduate of Princeton University and holds eight honorary degrees. He has received numerous awards, including the Sidney R. Yates Award for Distinguished Public Service to the Humanities from the National Humanities Alliance; the Woodrow Wilson Award from The John Hopkins University; and the Adlai Stevenson Award from the United Nations Association, among others.

Leach's presentation on "Civility" will be part of a series of events that the University of South Carolina is planning in connection with President Harris Pastides' initiative on civility and discourse.

SC Humanities is the state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. SC Humanities programs and initiatives are balanced, reflecting sensitivity to the diversity of ideas, encourage open dialogue, demonstrate integrity, and are ethical in operations.