Magazine article Humanities

States Respond to Attacks

Magazine article Humanities

States Respond to Attacks

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State humanities councils around the country have responded to the terrorist attacks of September 11 with special reading and discussion groups, fast-- tracked grant opportunities for relevant projects, and speaker programs on current topics. One event on September 20 in Omaha, Nebraska, was the sixth Annual Governor's Lecture in the Humanities delivered by David McCullough, author of John Adams and Truman. Following a live broadcast of President Bush's address to Congress, McCullough spoke about the uncertainty facing the American people at this moment in history and its similarity to the uncertainty that the generation of John Adams faced at the beginning of the American Revolution.

McCullough said it is important to remember the vision of this nation that the early patriots articulated and sacrificed for. "Service to the country; it comes in all forms. It doesn't just mean being elected to political office, or being a member of a cabinet, or serving in one of the departments or one of the military forces. …

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