On Tuesday, Dec. 12, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities hosts a reception at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint with Jon Parrish Peede, Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, who’ll discuss the role of the humanities in public life. The event begins at 6pm and is free and open to the public.
About Jon Parrish Peede
Jon Parrish Peede is Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. His previous positions include publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR) at the University of Virginia, literature grants director at the National Endowment for the Arts, counselor to NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, director of the NEA Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience program, director of the NEA Big Read program, director of communications at Millsaps College, founding editor of Millsaps Magazine, and editor at Mercer University Press with a focus on the humanities. He has written speeches for a U.S. president, a first lady, and a librarian of Congress.
From 2007 to 2011, Peede oversaw the NEA’s funding of literary organizations and fellowships to creative writers and translators. For seven years, he led writing workshops for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Bahrain, England, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, the Persian Gulf, and on domestic bases.
The event also celebrates the new issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine, published this week. The New Orleans Jazz Museum is located at 400 Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans. Click here for directions.