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August 8, 2019

August 21st: Breakfast with the Chairman of the NEH

CWN Presents
The Value of Civic Education

August 21st

The Petroleum Club of Anchorage
3301 C Street

Video of this program is available online.

Commonwealth North welcomes Jon Parrish Peede, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to our August forum. He will discuss the value of civic education in growing our communities. For over thirty years, CWN’s mission has been to educate Alaskans on the critical issues facing our state and identify effective solutions. We believe it is essential that Alaskans are well informed and engage in the public arena to debate the policies that will create opportunities and improve the quality of life for Alaskans.


About the National Endowment for the Humanities

President Lyndon Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act in 1965 to support research, preservation, education, and public programs in the humanities. NEH has awarded more than 64,000 grants since 1965, totaling $5.5 billion, and has leveraged in today’s dollars nearly $4.1 billion in private matching donations. That public investment has led to the creation of books, films, museum exhibits, and online resources.

Jon Parrish Peede’s previous positions include publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR) at the University of Virginia, literature grants director at the National Endowment for the Arts, counselor to NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, director of the NEA Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience program, director of the NEA Big Read program, director of communications at Millsaps College, and editor at Mercer University Press with a focus on the humanities. He has written speeches for a U.S. president, a first lady, and a librarian of Congress. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Vanderbilt University, and a master’s in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi.

Table sponsorships available

Contact the CWN office at (907) 258-9524 for details.