San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
World House Opening Reception
Reception and Performance by Blues Alley Youth Jazz Ensemble - 6:00 - 6:30 pm
Discussion with Randy Weston & Willard Jenkins - 6:30 - 7:15 pm
Q&A - 7:15 - 7:30 pm
Closing and Post Reception 7:30 - 8:00 pm
Introduction by John Franklin, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History & Culture
featuring, NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston & Arts Educator Willard Jenkins talking about their book, African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston.
The Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. presents its biennial World House International Symposium. The theme of the 2012 Symposium is, Voices of Change, Sounds of Freedom. The symposium will examine the ways in which music expresses cultural identity, is used as a tool for diplomacy, and has the ability to promote culture and freedom by bringing people together through a universal musical DNA. Musical genres: Calypso, Classical, Jazz and D.C.’s native sound Go-Go will be explored.
The World House Symposium was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final chapter, “World House” from his last book Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? In this chapter, Dr. King espouses how individuals with different cultural and religious backgrounds, interest, and ideals must live with each other in peace.
As such the council hopes to engage Washingtonians with the global community around issues that are important on both a local and an international scale. Each session is designed to help us understand what is being done to actualize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vision of a "World House" in which all nations and peoples put aside difference and work toward a common good.
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Humanities Council of Washington, DC
The Humanities Council of Washington, DC (HCWDC) is a non-profit organization that provides grant support for community projects that enrich the lives of DC residents through the humanities disciplines. Additionally, HCWDC produces humanities programs, such as Soul of the City andLive to Read, with support from area non-profits, the NEH, and the DC government. The organization was founded in1980 as a private affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and is one of 56 similar institutionslocated in each U.S. state and territory.
HCWDC is governed by a 25 person board of directors, 5 of whom are appointed by the mayor. Working in conjunction with the Council’s small staff, these community leaders are dedicated to creating an environment, in all DC wards and neighborhoods, where residents can participate in open conversations about the humanities and how they reflect contemporary issues and challenges.
Though the HCWDC receives funding from the NEH, it relies heavily on generous support from donorspassionate about promoting the instructive and enriching influence of the humanities in the District of Columbia.