Magazine article Humanities

Our National Council

Magazine article Humanities

Our National Council

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TWENTY-TWO AMERICANS, including famed architect I. M. Pei, made their way into the White House on the morning of March 3,1966. They were part of the first class of the twenty-six-member National Council on the Humanities, appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate, and charged with advising NEH Chairman Barnaby Keeney on the funding of grant applications.

As President Lyndon B. Johnson swore them in, he referred to John Adams, who had stated that he had to study politics and war so his sons could study mathematics and philosophy, so their sons would have the liberty to study music, literature, and art. "In a world that is very thirsty for genius, we must study all of these things at once if we are to produce a culture which comes anywhere near matching our wealth," said Johnson. To the new council members, he directed, "We have looked throughout America and selected you as members of this council to lead the attack on the poverty of man's spirit. …

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