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ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

In Memoriam Amy Kass

August 21, 2015 by Michael Poliakoff

“A woman of valor who can find, for her price is far above rubies. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue (Prov. 31: 10, 26).” We mourn the loss of Amy Kass, distinguished scholar, teacher, and author. Throughout her life, she cultivated and defended the cultural and political institutions that have been the glory of our nation. She taught the enduring values of civilization, and she modeled them in her own life. With her husband Leon, she lived in rural Mississippi in the summer of 1965 helping with voter registration and other efforts to advance civil rights. She fostered the humanities in her teaching at Georgetown, St. John's College, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Chicago, in her service on the National Council for the Humanities, and as a public intellectual. ACTA was honored by her friendship and her contributions to the E Pluribus Unum project. In addition to a husband, children, and grandchildren who profoundly shared her values, she has left the legacy of the wonderful books she produced, often co-authored with her husband, which will continue her graceful yet insightful guidance on how we can all live more meaningfully, more wisely, and more lovingly.

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