For the past 27 years, the National Institute has sponsored Discussion Luncheons in New York City. Jon Parrish Peede, who was recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, discussed "Beauty, Optimism, and the Waves of History" at the 2018 luncheon.


Previous speakers

2018   Jon Parrish Peede

2017   Bruce Stillman

2016   Nicholas A. Christakis

2015   Donald A. Henderson

2014   William J. vanden Heuvel

2013   James Watson

2012   Kenneth Jackson

2011   Peter G. Peterson

2010   Philippe de Montebello

2009   Ada Louise Huxtable

2008   Kent Barwick



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