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A Heart to Heart Conversation


The excellence of the humanities and social sciences at NC State will be highlighted when Chancellor Randy Woodson and CHASS Dean Jeff Braden host The Heart of the Matter, a discussion on the importance of the humanities and social sciences, Friday, March 7, 2014, at 3:00 pm at the Hunt Library.

The Heart of the Matter is a bipartisan report produced at Congress’ request by the American Academy for the Arts and Sciences. It details both the neglect of humanities and social sciences, and their essential importance in our state and nation’s economic, strategic and civic future. The report and this event are intended to help leaders in government, industry and  philanthropy understand the importance of the humanities and social sciences disciplines for America–and what they need to do to ensure that we continue to have a vibrant, secure and prosperous nation.

To lead the discussion at NC State, Chancellor Woodson will welcome panelists Representative David Price, one of the members of Congress who requested the report; Duke President Richard Brodhead, who co-chaired the commission that produced the report; commission member and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, retired U.S. Army Lt. General and Stanford Professor Karl Eikenberry; and UNC President Tom Ross.

The Heart of the Matter discussion will take place at 3:00 pm on Friday, March 7, 2014, at the Hunt Library auditorium on NC State’s Centennial Campus (1070 Partners Way). A reception will follow. The RSVP deadline has passed, however, we welcome walk-ins. For questions or special assistance, please contact Crissy Williams-Brown: 919-513-1828 or 

Following the panel, a steering committee will continue the discussion, which will culminate in recommendations to stakeholders in North Carolina business, industry, education and government to advance the goals of the report within our state.

The commission’s report and a seven-minute video (both entitled The Heart of the Matter) are  available at