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NEH Chairman William D. Adams Discusses Role of Humanities

William D. Adams, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, weighs in on the debate about the practicality of pursuing an education in the humanities.
William D. Adams, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, weighs in on the debate about the practicality of pursuing an education in the humanities.
Credit Tom Wolff / courtesy of National Endowment for the Humanities

A conversation with Dr. William D. Adams

There’s been a debate in recent years about the relevance or practicality of pursuing an education in the humanities — history, literature and philosophy.  

William D. Adams, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, begs to differ.  

In fact, the NEH has launched an initiative called “The Common Good” to address that debate. In a recent conversation with WABE’s Steve Goss, Adams talked about the goals of “The Common Good.”