The Humanities Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Shelly C. Lowe
Chair, National Endowment for the Humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans.
Please join us for a special dinner and conversation as Shelly Lowe, the Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, discusses the significance of the humanities in lighting our paths forward. She will share her history of advocacy, current projects, as well as new initiatives at the Endowment.
Time will be allocated for Q&A.
Mixed Greens Salad, Grape tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and croutons with
ranch dressing and balsamic vinaigrette.
- Mixed Greens Salad, Grape tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and croutons with
- Chipotle Chicken, Tomato, black bean, and corn salad with coriander aioli.
- Maryland Crab Cakes, Old Bay roasted potatoes, and lemon mustard sauce.
Red Quinoa Stuffed Pepper (Vegan), Roasted yellow pepper stuffed with quinoa, leeks and
- Roasted Haricots Verts & Baby Carrots (Vegan, GF)
- Southwestern-style Rice
- Chef’s assorted sweets
Plus beer, wine, soft drinks, coffee & tea
This event is run by the Harvard Club of Washington, DC
Mass transit: Metro Center
Shelly C. Lowe is Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lowe is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Ganado, Arizona. From 2015 to 2022 she served as a member of the National Council on the Humanities, the 26-member advisory body to NEH, an appointment she received from President Obama. Lowe’s career in higher education has included roles as Executive Director of the Harvard University Native American Program, Assistant Dean in the Yale College Dean’s Office, and Director of the Native American Cultural Center at Yale University. Prior to these positions, she spent six years as the Graduate Education Program Facilitator for the American Indian Studies Programs at the University of Arizona.
Lowe has served in a variety of leadership roles nationally, most recently as a member of the University of Arizona Alumni Association Governing Board and of the Challenge Leadership Group for the MIT Solve Indigenous Communities Fellowship. She has served on the board of the National Indian Education Association and as a trustee on the board for the National Museum of the American Indian.
Lowe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master of Arts in American Indian Studies, and has completed doctoral coursework in Higher Education from the University of Arizona.