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"The Heart of the Matter" -- Chief Judge Diane P. Wood to speak in Oklahoma City

"The Heart of the Matter" -- Chief Judge Diane P. Wood to speak in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City, OK -- On Friday, Oct. 3, Chief Judge Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit will discuss "The Heart of the Matter," a report of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences that defines the importance of the humanities to the future of our nation.  Following a reception at 5:30 pm, Judge Wood will speak at 6:30 pm at the Oklahoma Judicial Center at 2100 N. Lincoln Boulevard.

Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry will facilitate the evening's conversation with Judge Wood regarding the commission's report and the role of the humanities in advancing a vibrant, competitive, and secure nation.  Judge Wood is a member of the commission and participated in producing the report in 2013.  Judge Wood will take questions from the public following her remarks.  The event is open to the public, and attendees may RSVP by calling (405) 208-7000 or emailing rsvp@okcu.edu.

"The Heart of the Matter" report identifies goals and recommendations for advancing the humanities and social sciences in our nation.  Other members of the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences include Duke University President Richard Brodhead, New York Times columnist David Brooks, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Karl Eikenberry, film producer George Lucas, musician Yo-Yo Ma, and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter.

"As we strive to create a more civil public discourse, a more adaptable and creative workforce, and a more secure nation, the humanities and social sciences are the heart of the matter, the keeper of the republic -- a source of national memory and civic vigor, cultural understanding and communication, individual fulfillment, and the ideals we hold in common." --Taken from "The Heart of the Matter" report