In the Course of Human Events

Late last night walking the dog, I was relistening to David McCullough’s speech, The Course of Human Events. What a great speech – worth listeing to if you like history. He gave it in Washington DC at the 2003 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. I am testifying at a MN State hearing today about how State legacy money should be best spent over the next 20 some years. As you might imagine, there is a huge argument ensuing around the definition of  “cultural legacy.”

The art community think the funds should go to the arts; the historical society community (county and state) think they “are” legacy. I think it’s all about civic education…so I will testify.  Stay tuned for how this all shakes out. If the testimony is decent, I will post it tomorrow. BTW, McCullough’s speech helped immensely!


About Dana Carmichael

Dana has a professional interest in Authentic Intellectual Work. This means focusing on improving intellectual quality in the classroom and increasing student engagement. By day, she does this work with a passion. By night, she is a thematic reader, examining a random essential question for the year through fiction, nonfiction, film and general random conversations.
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