AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCES
Commission on the Humanities & Social Sciences
FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO AFGHANISTAN KARL EIKENBERRY DISCUSSES VALUE OF HUMANITIES IN U.S. FOREIGN POLICY AT CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL
Eikenberry, member of American Academy of Arts & Sciences Commission on the Humanities & Social Sciences, talks about “The Heart of the Matter”
The Report that got America talking about how the humanities and social sciences contribute to a vibrant, competitive, and secure nation
Saturday, November 8, 2014; 2:30 p.m. ;Main Hall C; 725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
The 25th Chicago Humanities Festival welcomes former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and retired U.S. Army lieutenant general Karl Eikenberry to the city this weekend for a discussion of The Heart of the Matter, and its application to “soft power” in the international arena.
Ambassador Eikenberry is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences Commission on the Humanities & Social Sciences, which produced the landmark 2013 report, “The Heart of the Matter.” The report, requested by a bipartisan Congressional coalition, looks at the vital role of the humanities and social sciences in preparing and sustaining Americans for the responsibility of productive citizenship in the United States and the world.
Eikenberry, who has served as both a diplomat and a soldier, believes that the humanities belong at the center of American foreign policy. The former ambassador, who is now the William J. Perry Fellow for International Security at Stanford University, will appear in conversation with Jerome McDonnell, host of the WBEZ program Worldview.