“The Heart of the Matter” -American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The Commission on the Humanities and Social Services from the American Academy of Arts has produced this short film with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Several well known artists, visionaries and thinkers of our day are interviewed, Sandra Day O’Connor, John Lithgow, Ken Burns, Billie Tsian, George Lucas and Yo-Yo Ma among them.

Humanities are important for building relationships, for allowing us to dream, to live while we’re alive.  Humanities are good for teaching us human history and showing us our commonalities.  Humanities are important for teaching us law and without them, we would be like robots, uncreative.  Why are we here?  The Humanities are the immeasurable, they teach us the why.  These are some ideas shared by the The Heart of the Matter.



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