Congratulations to Jon Parrish Peede on his confirmation as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). He was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the 11th Chairman of the NEH last evening.
“It is a distinct honor to be nominated by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities,” said Peede in a press release. “I particularly value this vote of bipartisan support and will work with my NEH colleagues to ensure that all Americans have access to our country’s cultural resources.”
Since joining the NEH last April, Chairman Peede has been engaged with many of our members and joined us for both the National Humanities Conference in Boston last November and for our Annual Meeting this past March. We are always appreciative of his willingness to speak with us.
Last October, we had the opportunity to interview then Acting Chairman Peede for our Between Two Bookshelves Conference Call series. The call covered a wide-range of topics, including Chairman Peede’s formative experiences with two of his mentors: former NEH Chair Bill Ferris, under whom he studied at the University of Mississippi’s program in Southern Studies and former NEA Chair Dana Gioia, whom he met as a young editor at Mercer University Press. Chairman Peede also discussed his vision for the role of the NEH and the humanities in our national life. Click here to listen to the full interview.