William “Bro” Adams, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), addressed the APLU Council on Governmental Affairs (CGA) as part of their 2015 Winter Meeting. Adams, the former President of both Colby College and Bucknell University, took the helm of NEH last year.
Adams discussed with the CGA the new agency-wide initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, aimed at demonstrating the critical role that humanities scholarship can play in our public life and in addressing national grand challenges. The Common Good initiative themes will be woven into on-going grant programs as well as new projects. He also weighed in on the value to the nation in having a commitment to the study of culture and humanities.
NEH is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015 and will be interested in partnering with higher education institutions. APLU will be sharing information as we learn more.