Please join us for a series of workshops on what can be done to strengthen general education—as students move into STEM, business, health, and other pre-professional fields—to ensure that college students, whatever their major or background, encounter inspiring works of literature and philosophy and grasp the power of the humanities and its relevance to their professional aspirations.
This opening workshop will feature Reginald Dwayne Betts, the poet, lawyer, essayist, and nonprofit leader, in conversation with Major Jackson, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University, on why reading and writing matter and the ways in which teachers can bring literature alive for students.
Reginald Betts is a dedicated champion for the humanities. Inspired by the impact literature had in countering hopelessness in his own life when he was incarcerated as an adolescent, he created Freedom Reads, an initiative to curate micro libraries and install them in prisons across the country. His award-winning essays and poetry reflect on his journey towards becoming a working lawyer, the failure of the criminal justice system, and his post-incarceration experience.
Each workshop in this series will run from 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST. Foundation staff will remain from 1:30-2:00 p.m. EST to answer questions about the Cornerstone: Learning for Living initiative co-sponsored by the Teagle Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. All workshops are free and open to current grantees and prospective applicants.