NEH Selects Father Columba Stewart as Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities

Father Columba Stewart, Member (2016–17) in the School of Historical Studies, has been selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to deliver the 2019 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities.

The signature annual public event given by the NEH, the lecture is the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.

Stewart's lecture, titled “Cultural Heritage Present and Future: A Benedictine Monk’s Long View,” will take place Monday, October 7, at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be streamed live at

Stewart is currently executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. HMML has partnered with IAS on the Zaydi Manuscript Tradition, a project that will provide open access to approximately 15,000 digitized Zaydi manuscripts from Yemen and neighboring countries.

Read more at the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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