"No intellectual subject is outside the scope of the humanities," says Jon Parrish Peede.
Mr. Peede, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, talked about “Beauty, Optimism, and the Waves of History" at the National Institute's 27th annual discussion luncheon, held on Tuesday, June 12 at the Cornell Club of New York.
Fred Larsen, president of the National Institute, introduced Mr. Peede, who was confirmed as chairman in April 2018 after having served as acting chairman since 2017.
One of the country’s oldest honorary societies, the National Institute (socialsciencesinstitute.org) hosts annual luncheons in New York City and Palm Beach, Florida. Each year since 1913, the organizations has presented Gold Honor Medals to distinguished Americans for service to humanity.