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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


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  1. The universities in the area also need to show their commitment to Humanities. There is not even one program in the area in the field of Hist. of Science. Three well-known history of science professors from NC State, Duke and Chapel Hill retired in the last few years and none of them have been replaced.

  2. It may or may not be bi-partisan but it is definitely heavy on the males. Where are those representing the Humanities? Especially after the comment made by the Chancelor of this institution during a recent leadership dinner who after getting up to praise the young women a capella gtoup then added, with what sounded like pride, we don’t have a music major at NC state. We have math majors, science majors, no music major.

    So what is the point of this?

  3. The panel may or may not be bipartisan — I don’t know the political persuasions of anybody on it, other than Rep. Price — but the article doesn’t say the panel is bipartisan. The article says the report, The Heart of the Matter, is bipartisan, and that’s true, insofar as it was produced by a bipartisan panel. You can see the panel membership on page 7 of the PDF file at this address: