NEH chairman to speak on civility Jan. 13
Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will deliver a public lecture on civility Jan. 13 at the University.
Leach's talk is set for 7 p.m. in Gambrell Hall Auditorium. It is one of a series of events that the university is planning in connection with President Harris Pastides' initiative on civility and discourse. In November Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker spoke on the topic to a university and community audience.
Leach began his four-year term as NEH chairman in August 2009. He previously served 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives where, as a representative of southeastern Iowa, he chaired the Banking and Financial Services Committee, the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. He founded and co-chaired the Congressional Humanities Caucus.
After leaving Congress in 2007, Leach joined the faculty at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, where he was the John L. Weinberg Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs until his confirmation as NEH chairman. In September 2007, Leach took a year's leave of absence from Princeton to serve as interim director of the Institute of Politics and lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Leach is a graduate of Princeton University and earned a master's degree in Soviet politics from the School of Advanced International Studies at The John Hopkins University. He did additional graduate studies at the London School of Economics.
Leach holds eight honorary degrees and has received numerous awards, including the Sidney R. Yates Award for Distinguished Public Service to the Humanities from the National Humanities Alliance; the Woodrow Wilson Award from The Johns Hopkins University; the Adlai Stevenson Award from the United Nations Association; the Edgar Wayburn Award from the Sierra Club; the Wayne Morse Integrity in Politics Award; the Norman Borlaug Award for Public Service; and the Wesley Award for Service to Humanity.