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Cuba Welcoming Remarks

William D. Adams, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities

El Instituto Superior de Arte, Universidad de Cuba
Calle 120 #1110 e/ 9na y 13, Cubanacán, Playa.
Playa, LHA

April 18, 2016

Thank you very much.

Let me begin by extending a warm greeting to the distinguished group of Cuban officials and cultural leaders assembled here. It is a great honor to be with you on this historic occasion.

My name is William Adams, and I’m the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a grantmaking agency of the United States government that is one of the largest sources of funds for humanities projects and programs in the United States. Our basic mission is to support humanities research and scholarship, to preserve cultural assets and heritage, and to make cultural resources available to the American people. This includes not just American culture, but cultures from around the world, including Cuba. The lives of Cubans and Americans have been connected for many years and in many ways, but nowhere more powerfully than in the cultural sphere—in our mutual appreciation of our histories, our literature, music, art, and our fundamental values and ideals. As a result of this visit, we now have the opportunity to deepen our cultural interests and ties in new ways, for the future well-being of our countries.

I am honored to be here with you as we begin this new phase of cultural dialogue between the Cuban and American peoples.

Thank you very much.