Meet VFH Board Member Ed Ayers

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VFH Board member Ed Ayers
VFH Board member Ed Ayers

University of Richmond President Emeritus and Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities, Ed Ayers may be best known as one of the voices on VFH’s BackStory with the American History Guys. But he was also the Dean of Arts and Sciences at UVa and the recipient of the National Medal for the Humanities from President Obama in 2013.

Ed started his relationship with Virginia Foundation for the Humanities as a summer fellow. Recently, Ed sat down with Elliot Majerczyk in our radio studio and shared his thoughts on the multiple facets of the humanities.

 

The humanities has multiple facets and I’m interested in all of them… books, film, public history, and folklife.

We need the humanities in our daily lives to figure out how the heck we got to where we are and what it all means.

The humanities strike me as an essential medium for understanding ourselves and understanding society.

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Ed Ayers receiving the National Medal for the Humanities. Photo credit Ralph Alswang, courtesy of NEH.
Ed Ayers receiving the National Medal for the Humanities. Photo credit Ralph Alswang, courtesy of NEH.

Ed Ayers has written and edited ten books, including In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America, winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Beveridge Prize; and The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

VFH is proud to have him as a member of our Board of Directors.