Art Offensive

O'Donnell, Anne
June 2004
New Republic;6/28/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 24, p46
Focuses on the Jefferson Lecture, which was established by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1972. Description of this year's scholarly event, held in a Washington ballroom; The United States Marine Band playing for this year's lecturer, Harvard Professor Helen Vendler; Previous years' speakers including Bill Clinton; Suggestion of Vendler that the arts should be studied as seriously as mathematics and science; Her view on utilitarian good; Statement that Vendler was a private intellectual giving a public lecture.


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