Lecture: William "Bro" Adams
"The Wonder of the World: Merleau-Ponty, Cézanne, and the Meaning of Painting," William "Bro" Adams, senior fellow at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Adams was chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 2014 to 2017. Prior to joining the NEH, Adams served as president of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, from 2000 until his retirement in 2014. He also served as president of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, from 1995–2000.
At the NEH, Adams launched an agency-wide initiative titled The Common Good: Humanities in the Public Square. The initiative seeks to demonstrate the relevance of the humanities to the life of the nation during a time of unprecedented domestic and global challenges.
Adams earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Colorado College and a PhD from the history of consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He studied in France as a Fulbright Scholar before beginning his career in higher education with appointments to teach political philosophy at Santa Clara University in California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on to coordinate the Great Works in Western Culture program at Stanford University and to serve as vice president and secretary of Wesleyan University.
Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 4:00pm
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