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Tom Wolff photo of William Adams

The Education of William Adams

The new chairman of NEH almost failed out of college. He joined the Army, was sent to Vietnam, and came back a different person.

Walter Isaacson and Walker Percy

A Venn Diagram of Walter Isaacson

His research overlaps with reporting, his leadership with collaboration, his writing with old-fashioned storytelling.

Martin Scorsese during the Venice Film Festival in 1998.

The Art of Martin Scorsese

Former chairman Jim Leach interviews the 2013 Jefferson Lecturer about growing up, making films, and capturing that special "something" on the big screen.

Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry, Landsman

NEH Chairman Jim Leach sits down with writer and farmer Wendell Berry, this year's Jefferson Lecturer.

Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University

Personal History

NEH Chairman Jim Leach talks with Drew Gilpin Faust, daughter of the South, president of Harvard, and this year's Jefferson Lecturer.

Mo Yan

The Real Mo Yan

The renowned Chinese novelist talks with NEH Chairman Jim Leach.

Jonathan Spence, the 39th Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities

The China Scholar

Jonathan Spence and NEH Chairman Leach discuss key moments in four hundred years of Chinese history.

NEH Chairman Jim Leach

The Gentleman from Iowa

NEH Chairman Jim Leach takes us from his high-school wrestling days through the stages of his political career to his thoughts on the challenges facing humanity--and the humanities--in the twenty-first century.

Jill Lepore

The Public Historian

How Jill Lepore went from Harvard office temp to Harvard professor.

Image of Morris Dickstein

Reading Into the Great Depression

Critic Morris Dickstein talks about the culture of the thirties and the demise of theory.