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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Featuring

Lonnie G. Bunch, III

Founding Director
Smithsonian National Museum of
African American History and Culture

Richard D. Parsons

Senior Advisor of Providence Equity Partners Inc.
Board Member, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Chairman, The Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees

 


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.

Richard D. Parsons

Richard D. Parsons is the Senior Advisor of Providence Equity Partners Inc., a leading private equity investment firm specializing in media, communications and information companies. He also serves as the Chairman of The Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees and as a member of the board of The National Museum of African American History and Culture.

He previously held positions as Chairman of the Board of Citigroup, Inc. as well as the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Time Warner, Inc.  Before joining Time Warner, Mr. Parsons was Chairman and CEO of Dime Bancorp, Inc., one of the largest thrift institutions in the United States and the managing partner of the New York law firm Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler. Prior to that, he held various positions in state and federal government, as counsel for Nelson Rockefeller and as a senior White House aide under President Gerald Ford. Mr. Parsons received his undergraduate education at the University of Hawaii and his legal training at Union University’s Albany Law School.

In 2008, Mr. Parsons served as a member of then President-Elect Barack Obama’s Economic Transition Team. He also served as a member of President Obama’s President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. More recently, he served as the Chairman of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New NY Education Reform Commission. His other civic and nonprofit commitments include Chairman Emeritus of the Partnership of New York City; Chairman of the Apollo Theater Foundation; and Chairman of the Jazz Foundation of America. He also serves on the boards of Teach for America, the Commission on Presidential Debates, Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Lazard Frères and Company, and Madison Square Garden, Inc.


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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