Regional Forum on Humanities and Social Sciences to Meet at Duke This Week

Commission co-chaired by Duke President Richard H. Brodhead

The national humanities commission co-chaired by Duke University President Richard Brodhead will hold a regional meeting on the Duke campus Oct. 26.

Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on the Humanities & Social Sciences will hear from about two dozen North Carolina-based artists, educators and others who work in humanities and social science fields. The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Doris Duke Center.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so those interested in attending should notify Natasha Bray at

The meeting is the fifth regional event hosted by the national commission, created in 2011 to seek ways to raise the profile and impact of the humanities and social sciences in the public sphere. Brodhead co-chairs the commission with John Rowe, chairman emeritus of Exelon Corp., a public utility in Chicago 

"We're fortunate in North Carolina to have strong advocacy for the humanities from our schools, colleges, museums, arts organizations and more," Brodhead said.  "I'm grateful to the participants and look forward to sharing strategies for reminding the public how the humanities enrich our thinking and our lives."

Faculty members from Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State University, N.C. Central University, Appalachian State University, UNC-Greensboro and Durham Technical Community College are expected to attend. So too are former Gov. James Hunt; Geoffrey Harpham, president and director of the Research Triangle Park-based National Humanities Center; Lawrence Wheeler, director of the N.C. Museum of Art, local educators and others.

There is paid parking adjacent to the Doris Duke Center, which is part of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens off Anderson Street.