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LSU Press Director Invited to Attend Humanities Symposium in Italy

10/05/2011 01:08 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU Press Director MaryKatherine Callaway has been asked to participate in a symposium this November in Florence, Italy. Titled “A Discussion on the Humanities and Liberal Arts in 21st Century Higher Education,” this event is hosted by The John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress at New York University, the Humanities Initiative at NYU and the James Madison Project at Princeton University.


The symposium organizers’ goal is to generate meaningful discussion concerning the reasons for the lack of funding for the humanities and liberal arts, which form the core of Western academic tradition. It also intends to discuss strategies for how the humanities and liberal arts might recover and reassert their value in a global age, especially in these challenging economic times.


The Brademas Center conducts research, teaches and holds public events on problems specific to the legislative branch of government. Results of this symposium will be presented to policymakers, non-profits, and selected corporate, foundation and university administrators.


Callaway is among a distinguished group of 30 leaders, including professors, administrators, policy makers, politicians and heads of associations, attending this symposium.


In 2003, Callaway was named director of LSU Press, which has since won its fourth Pulitzer Prize and has had three National Book Award Finalists, among many other awards. She has also served two terms on the board of the Association of American University Presses, and began a term as the organization’s president in June 2011.


For more information, contact Erin L. Rolfs, LSU Press marketing manager, at 225-578-8282 or

LSU Media Relations