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NEH Official to Promote “We the People” Initiative

Deputy chairman will lecture and conduct grant-writing workshop at UCR on Oct. 18.

(October 3, 2007)

Thomas K. Lindsay

Thomas K. Lindsay

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Thomas K. Lindsay, deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will present a lecture and grant-writing workshop at UC Riverside on Thursday, Oct. 18.

His lecture, “Democratic Education in the 21st Century," is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Engineering Building 2, Room 205/206. Lindsay will focus on whether universities should play a role in preparing students to fulfill the obligations of citizenship and, if so, how that squares with academic freedom. The lecture is sponsored by UCR’s Center for Ideas and Society.

Lindsay’s lecture will be followed from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. by a grant-writing workshop that is intended to encourage educators in K-12 school districts, community colleges and universities to apply for grants under the NEH’s “We the People” initiative. That initiative funds programs, research and other activities that explore significant events and themes in U.S. history and culture, and advance knowledge of the principles that define America. The workshop is sponsored by UCR’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

The lecture and workshop are free and open to the public. Visitors should park in Lot 10. Parking is $6 for an all-day pass.

Lindsay joined the NEH as director of the “We the People” initiative in February 2006 and was named deputy chairman in January 2007. He served in 2005 on the National Council for the Humanities, whose members oversee the work of the Humanities Endowment and are appointed by the president.

He worked in higher education for more than 23 years as a professor and an administrator, serving most recently as executive vice president and provost of Seton Hall University. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago and has focused his research on the relationship between democracy and education.

Lindsay will be a featured presenter at an Oct. 19 conference, “California Newspapers in the Digital Age: Making Our History Available, a Conference in Celebration,” at the Riverside Convention Center. That conference is sponsored by the UCR Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research and will celebrate the creation of the California Digital Newspaper Collection, which has received nearly $7 million in NEH funding to date.

For more information about Lindsay’s presentation contact Laura Lozon, assistant director of the Center for Ideas and Society, at 951-827-1555.

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