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Delaware Humanities provides educational outreach, special projects, and funding opportunities to bring Delawareans together. We connect cultural, educational, and civic institutions statewide to provide public events that enhance our understanding of who we are, where we’ve been, and where we are going as individuals, communities, and citizens of Delaware.

A Matter of Facts Delaware Humanities

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Delaware Humanities provides educational outreach, special projects, and funding opportunities to bring Delawareans together. We connect cultural, educational, and civic institutions statewide to provide public events that enhance our understanding of who we are, where we’ve been, and where we are going as individuals, communities, and citizens of Delaware.

    Michele Anstine - Get to Know the Humanities

    Michele Anstine - Get to Know the Humanities

    Michele Anstine discusses the origins of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the "Democracy and the Informed Citizen" initiative behind the "A Matter of Facts" podcast, and the misconceptions about the value of the humanities in everyday life.

    Michele Anstine is the Executive Director of Delaware Humanities. Previously, Ms. Anstine was the Assistant CEO and Chief Program Officer for the Delaware Historical Society.

    • 27 min
    Susan Schneider - Knowing Artificial Intelligence

    Susan Schneider - Knowing Artificial Intelligence

    Dr. Susan Schneider discusses misconceptions about Artificial Intelligence, questions about and concerns for the future, and how these issues are intricately tied to philosophy.

    Dr. Schneider is an Associate Professor at the University of Conneticut, a faculty member in the Ethics and Technology Group at the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, and currently a Distinguished Scholar at the U.S. Library of Congress.

    • 24 min
    Caroline Janney - Monumental Knowledge

    Caroline Janney - Monumental Knowledge

    Dr. Caroline Janney discusses the history of Civil War monuments, the past and present debates surrounding them, and the importance of community engagement with history.

    Dr. Janney is Director of the John L. Nau II Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia and author of "Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies’ Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause" and "Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation".

    • 22 min
    Shana Payne and Christine Alois - Because Knowledge is Power

    Shana Payne and Christine Alois - Because Knowledge is Power

    Christine Alois and Shana Payne discuss the state of Delaware's K-12 education system, including its challenges, triumphs, and the importance of collaboration.

    Christine Alois was named the state Department of Education's Deputy Director last summer after 24 years in the Caesar Rodney School District. Shana Payne has served as the state Education Department's Director of Higher Education since 2013.

    • 29 min
    Steve Coll - Know Your News

    Steve Coll - Know Your News

    Can professional, evidence-led, fair-minded journalism survive in this era of political polarization and active international propaganda campaigns on social media? The evidence so far is that it can. From unearthing the facts that sparked the #MeToo movement and exposing the abuse scandal at USA Gymnastics, to investigative reporting that have forced free-spending cabinet officials to resign, professional reporters in diverse newsrooms have responded to the populist moment and the attacks on their credibility by demonstrating the enduring importance of a free press.

    Steve Coll, Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism and twice a Pulitzer Prize winner, will discuss the press’s sources of durability and strength as well as its failings and vulnerabilities on Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 PM for the 2018 Delaware Humanities Annual Lecturer.

    • 32 min
    John Logsdon - To Boldly Know

    John Logsdon - To Boldly Know

    Dr. John Logsdon discusses the politics of Apollo 11, the future of space exploration and NASA, the concept of a "Space Force", and the best sources for space news.

    Dr Logsdon is professor emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, a faculty member of the International Space University, and previously held the Charles A. Lindbergh chair in Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum.

    Photograph courtesy of NASA.

    • 21 min

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