Culture, Arts & Democracy: The Origins of American Cultural Institutions


About the Speakers

Amanda MonizInterviewer
Amanda B. Moniz
David M. Rubenstein Curator of Philanthropy
National Museum of American History

AMANDA MONIZ is the David M. Rubenstein Curator of Philanthropy at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Her first book, From Empire to Humanity: The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism, was awarded ARNOVA’S inaugural Peter Dobkin Hall History of Philanthropy Book Prize. She is now working on a book about how philanthropists today look to history to inform their work, as well as on a biography of Isabella Graham, a philanthropic leader in the early United States.

David SkortonPanelist
David J. Skorton
Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

DAVID J. SKORTON is the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, overseeing 19 museums, the National Zoo, 21 libraries, several research centers, and numerous education units and centers. He is a board-certified cardiologist and the first physician to lead the Smithsonian. Skorton is currently a Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University and previously served as the president of Cornell University. He was also a professor in the Medicine and Pediatrics departments at Weill Cornell Medical College and in Cornell’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. Before that, he was president of the University of Iowa and a professor there for 26 years.