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The Humanities and the Civic Imagination

Collected Addresses and Essays, 1977-1997

James F. Veninga


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For those who believe that the humanities in America are in trouble, suffering from over-specialization and never-ending intramural conflicts, this collection of addresses and essays provides much needed hope.

Since the early 1970s, state humanities councils, working under a Congressional mandate, have developed important models of how the study of history, literature, and culture can be infused into the public life of the nation. Often countering trends that have dominated the humanities on campus, state councils, drawing upon the energies and resources of volunteer boards, professional staff, and public-minded scholars, have demonstrated through thousands of public programs—documentary films, conferences, readings and discussions, public issues forums, interpretive exhibits, oral histories, lectures, discussions, and workshops—that the humanities retain the capacity to help foster a communal vision that can revitalize the public life of the nation.

University of North Texas Press, 9781574410525, 418pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 1999

About the Author

James F. Veninga was Executive Director of the Texas Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, from 1975 to 1997. He is currently president of the Institute for the Humanities at Salado, Texas, where he lives. He holds a B.A. degree from Baylor University, an M.T.S. degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Rice University. He has edited or co-edited four other books.