On October 23rd, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and AS220 were very pleased to co-present a special edition of Action Speaks Radio at the Providence Athenaeum. In 1965 President Lyndon Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act into law. This legislation created the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities and can be credited to the hard work of the prolific 89th Congress. The bill was sponsored by Rhode Island Senator Clairborne Pell, who along with his colleagues, championed the arts and humanities as essential to developing the US as a global leader. In this episode, we discuss the history of the arts and humanities in America and what they mean to us today.
Governor Lincoln Chafee is a proud Rhode Islander, born and bred in Warwick. He graduated with a degree in Classics from Brown University, where he received the Francis M. Driscoll Award for leadership, scholarship and athletics. He worked for seven years as a blacksmith at harness racetracks throughout the US and Canada. Inspired by a commitment to public service and the path of his father John Chafee, Governor Chafee entered politics as an elected delegate to the Rhode Island Constitutional Convention, and subsequently served four years on the Warwick City Council, was elected to four terms as Mayor of Warwick and served seven years as a U.S. Senator.
Alexander Bloom is Professor of History at Wheaton College where he teaches courses with particular focus on American radicalism and the post- 1945 social and cultural concerns. His current research project, “The End of the Tunnel: The Vietnam Experience and the Shape of American Life,” studies the way in which the Vietnam War has shaped American life since 1975 politically, socially, diplomatically, and culturally.
Nancy Carriuolo has been President of Rhode Island College since 2008, overseeing the management of academic activities and programs for the college, She is author of over 30 publications with regional, national or international audiences and has worked with a number of higher education and business organizations as a consultant. In 2009, she received national recognition for her lifelong achievement in developmental education when named a CLADEA fellow.
Kipp Bradford is an educator, technology consultant, and entrepreneur with a passion for making things. He has founded and cofounded various start- ups in the fields of transportation, consumer products, HVAC, and medical devices, and holds numerous patents for his inventions. Kipp also co-founded Revolution By Design, a non-profit education and research organization dedicated to empowerment through technology, and co-organizes Rhode Island’s Mini Maker Faire.