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Gary Vikan

A Museum Curator Learns That Trading in Sacred Objects Can Be a Shady Business

Meet a museum head who left visitors to the Walters Art Museum transformed.

A standing portrait of Martha C. Nussbaum taken in January 2017.

Martha C. Nussbaum Talks About the Humanities, Mythmaking, and International Development

Martha C. Nussbaum, the worldly philosopher

Mark Lilla

A Chat with Mark Lilla about Those Who Think “History Has Gone Off Course”

An explanation of the history and effects of reactionary movements

Model ship under sail across pages of books.

If Odysseus Started a Book Club

Chairman Adams travels to Texas to take part in a celebration of NEH's fiftieth anniversary at the LBJ Presidential Library.

Ken Burns with camera

The Documentarian

Ken Burns talks about filmmaking, race, and the current media environment with NEH Chairman William D. Adams.

Anna Deavere Smith in 1993

America, Word for Word

Chairman Adams interviews 2015 Jefferson Lecturer Anna Deavere Smith.

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.