Monday, March 12, 2018
6:30 p.m.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Eisenhower Theater
Washington, D.C.

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Lonnie G. Bunch, III

Founding Director
Smithsonian National Museum of
African American History and Culture

Kenneth I. Chenault

Chairman and CEO
American Express Company


Lecturer Bios
Lonnie G. Bunch, III

Lonnie G. Bunch, III is the founding director of the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture. Bunch served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society (2001-05) and held several positions at the Smithsonian, including associate director for curatorial affairs (1994-2000) and supervising curator (1989-92) at the National Museum of American History.

Bunch is author of the award-winning book, Call the Lost Dream Back: Essays on Race, History and Museums (2010), and published several books including Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives (2014) and Memories of the Enslaved: Voices from the Slave Narratives (2015). Since 2008, Bunch has served as the series co-editor of the “New Public Scholarship Edition” of the University of Michigan Press. Bunch has served on the advisory boards of the American Association of Museums, the African American Association of Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the ICOM-US.

Bunch has received several awards and recognitions including being appointed by President George W. Bush to the Commission for the Preservation of the White House in 2002 and reappointed by President Barack Obama in 2009. In 2017, Bunch was given the President Award at the NAACP Image Award, presented with the Impact Leader Award from the Greater Washington Urban League, and was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Kenneth I. Chenault

Kenneth I. Chenault has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express Company since 2001.  He joined the company in 1981 as Director of Strategic Planning and served subsequently in a number of increasingly senior positions, including Vice Chairman and President and Chief Operating Officer, until his appointment as CEO.

Mr. Chenault serves on the Boards of IBM, The Proctor & Gamble Company, the Harvard Corporation and numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, the Smithsonian Institution’s Advisory Council for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, and the Bloomberg Family Foundation.  He is also is a member of the Business Council and serves on the Executive Committee of the Business Roundtable. 

Mr. Chenault holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in history from Bowdoin College.  

Americans for the Arts extends its gratitude to the Rosenthal Family Foundation (Jamie Rosenthal Wolf, David Wolf, Rick Rosenthal and Nancy Stephens), Ovation and The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. for their generous support of the Americans for the Arts 31st Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy.


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