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National Endowment for the Humanities chairman to speak March 27

James A. Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a former Republican congressman from Iowa, is giving a talk at the University of Rhode Island this month for the third annual spring humanities festival.

Leach will talk about the future of literature, philosophy, history, languages, religion, and the arts in “The Centrality of the Humanities in a STEM-Centric World’’ at 7:30 p.m., March 27 in the Lippitt Hall auditorium, Room 402. The talk is free and open to the public.

A longtime supporter of the arts, Leach will discuss the importance of the humanities in an era when higher education is placing more emphasis on science, technology...

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