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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Bruce Cole

December 18, 2018 by David Bruce Smith and Mona Charon

Bruce Cole, who passed away in January 2018, is most often remembered for his outstanding leadership of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Beyond that, he was a visionary national scholar and educator who brought light into the humanities and arts. Our podcast shares highlights of a conversation between three education leaders who knew Bruce Cole personally and were profoundly affected by him. Our special guest, Mona Charon, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is joined by David Bruce Smith of the Grateful American Foundation, and ACTA’s president, Michael Poliakoff.


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