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The Center to Host Livestream of Lecture on Reparations

On Wednesday, October 19, at 5:30 p.m., The Helis Foundation John Scott Center will host a watch event for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ 2022 Jefferson Lecture, “The Question of Reparations: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future.” Given by Andrew Delbanco, the Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University, the lecture is being livestreamed from Washington, D.C.

The Helis Foundation John Scott Center, an interactive, conversation-starting art gallery and community hub, builds on the legacy of New Orleans artist John T. Scott. A MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, Scott spent four decades as a creator, teacher and mentor. At the center, 51 of his visionary pieces provide the setting for a modern public square: a place that empowers the public to gather, raise critical humanities questions and experience a renewed sense of civic agency and voice.

NEH’s Jefferson Lecture is the highest honor the federal government extends to an individual for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. The Jefferson Lecture was established by NEH in 1972, and this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the honorary lecture series. In his remarks, Delbanco will address the debate over reparations for slavery in the United States, using history, philosophy and literature to examine a wide range of perspectives. Learn more about the 2022 Jefferson Lecture here.

Admission to the watch event at The Helis Foundation John Scott Center is free. Seating is limited, however, and registration is encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided. Following the lecture, attendees will be able to browse the galleries until 9 p.m. More information about the center and the event can be found at

The opinions expressed in this presentation are solely those of the presenter and not necessarily those of Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, The Helis Foundation John Scott Center, or the National Endowment for the Humanities. The LEH and the center do not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of the information provided herein.