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Online Edition of Humanities Magazine Features Conversation with Andrew Ferguson and NEH Chairman Bruce Cole

WASHINGTON (November 19, 2007)—A conversation featuring National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Chairman Bruce Cole and The Weekly Standard's Andrew Ferguson, included in the November/December issue of Humanities magazine, has been made available on the NEH Web site. Humanities magazine is NEH's bimonthly publication featuring essays on the humanities and news about events, projects, and trends. Each issue features a conversation between Chairman Cole and a distinguished figure in the humanities.

In this latest issue, Chairman Cole talks to Mr. Ferguson about his career as a journalist, his thoughts on heroes, his childhood reverence for Abraham Lincoln, and what motivated him to write his recently published book, Land of Lincoln. During their discussion, Ferguson shares anecdotes from his journey retracing the Lincoln Heritage Trail with his family, including his discovery that the trail was the product of “a marketing scam.”

“This issue's conversation with Andrew Ferguson recounts for readers how his life-long fascination with Lincoln inspired him to write a book about our 16th president's still-contested reputation and image,” said Chairman Cole.

Acclaimed as one of the “few genuine stylists in American journalism” and a notable humorist, Ferguson has written for Reader's Digest, The American Spectator, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post, and has served as a contributing editor of Time magazine and as a columnist for Fortune magazine. Ferguson is currently a senior editor for The Weekly Standard.

To read the entire conversation and to browse past editions of Humanities magazine, please go to www.neh.gov/humanities.

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