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sciences. Each organization has an important role in advancing the recommendationsof this report. As part of an institutional commitment to support humanistic educationfor every American, the Academy plans to continue its work for the advancementof the humanistic disciplines, providing a venue, voice, and vision for the conversationinspired by this report.The Academy would like to express sincere gratitude to the many members of Congresswho understand the importance of these disciplines to the nation’s welfare, and especiallySenators Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) andRepresentatives Tom Petri (R-Wisconsin) and David Price (D-North Carolina). Fromthe outset, their interest and support signaled the importance of the humanities andsocial sciences to an informed and engaged citizenry.Special thanks to the cochairs of the Commission, Richard H. Brodhead, President ofDuke University; and John W. Rowe, retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officerof Exelon Corporation. They provided expert leadership and hands-on involvementfrom the Commission’s earliest meetings through the release of this report. And wethank all of the members of the Commission for their dedication and active participation.(See page 5 for the complete list of members.)Thanks as well to the many guest speakers who participated in Commission workshopsand meetings, including Yang Yu-liang (President, Fudan University, China),Don Michael Randel (past President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), Jim Leach(former Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities; former Congressmanfor Iowa), Richard Laine (Division Director, Education Division, National GovernorsAssociation), Cynthia Schneider (former U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands),and Norman Bradburn (Senior Fellow at norc at the University of Chicago). Weare indebted as well to Russell A. Berman, past President of the Modern LanguageAssociation, and graduate school deans from eleven research universities, who contributedto our work. We are grateful to the Academy Fellows and Commission memberswho organized forums around the country, and to all the panelists and attendeesat those events. (See Appendix IV for a list of speakers.)Many organizations work on behalf of the nation’s wider education enterprise andhelped to lay the foundation for the Commission’s work. They serve as key partnersin our ongoing efforts to advocate for the importance of the humanities and socialsciences: the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowmentfor the Arts, the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, theInstitute of Museum and Library Services, the American Library Association, theAmerican Council of Learned Societies, the Association of American Universities,the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the Association of AmericanThe Heart of the Matter 7

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