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Report - Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences

George Lucas is a filmmaker—storyteller, visionary, and innovator. Creator of the

Star Wars saga and Indiana Jones series, he also directed American Graffiti and thx

1138 and worked with, among others, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, and

Akira Kurosawa to produce numerous independent films. The founder and former

Chairman of Lucasfilm Ltd., which includes Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker

Sound, and LucasArts, he is Chairman of the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000.

Yo-Yo Ma, a cellist, serves as Artistic Director of the Silk Road Project. Inspired by the

cultural traditions of the historic trade routes, the Silk Road Project is a catalytic organization

that promotes innovation and learning through the arts. He also serves as

Creative Consultant for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, advising on how an orchestra

and community engage one another in the twenty-first century. He is a member of

the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities and a un Messenger of Peace.

He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1993.

Carolyn “Biddy” Martin is President of Amherst College, after serving as Chancellor

of the University of Wisconsin-Madison until August 2011. Past Provost at Cornell

University for eight years, she received her Ph.D. in German literature from uw-

Madison in 1985. A distinguished scholar of German studies, she has authored books

on gender theory and on Lou Andreas-Salome. Her tenure at uw-Madison was

marked by several successful initiatives in support of the humanities, including a

common book program, the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates, and the receipt

of a $10 million matching grant from the Mellon Foundation for the Humanities. She

was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012.

Anthony W. Marx is President of The New York Public Library, having served as

President of Amherst College until August 2011. At Amherst, he encouraged curricular

renewal and worked to connect the curriculum to research and internship or service

experiences. He also sought to ensure access for the most talented students of any

economic background. He is the author of Lessons of Struggle: South African Internal

Opposition, 1960–1990; Making Race and Nation: A Comparison of the United States,

South Africa and Brazil; and Faith in Nation: Exclusionary Origins of Nationalism. He

was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012.

W. James McNerney, Jr., is Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the

Boeing Company. Appointed by President Obama, he chairs the President’s Export

Council. He also chairs Business Roundtable; is a member of the ceo Fiscal Leadership

Council; serves on the boards of trustees of the Center for Strategic and International

Studies, the Field Museum, and Northwestern University; and is a member of the

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare Board. He was elected a Fellow of the American

Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007.

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