Press Release

Jon Parrish Peede Named Senior Fellow at Common Sense Society

January 26, 2022

Former Chairman of National Endowment for the Humanities Joins CSS to Advance Civic Life and Celebrate Liberty, Prosperity, and Beauty

WASHINGTON, D.C.Common Sense Society (CSS) a leading international educational network, is pleased to announce The Honorable Jon Parrish Peede as Senior Fellow. Peede is the former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (N.E.H.), a federal grant-making agency. Nominated by President Donald J. Trump and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Chairman Peede awarded more than $500 million to universities, museums, libraries, scholars, and cultural nonprofits nationwide. He has served in an ex officiocapacity on boards of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and other federal bodies. His previous positions include publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review at the University of Virginia, literature grants director at the National Endowment for the Arts (N.E.A.), counselor to N.E.A. Chairman Dana Gioia, and director of the N.E.A. Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience program. 

In addition to writing speeches and proclamations for President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, Peede is the co-editor of Inside the Church of Flannery O’Connor: Sacrament, Sacramental, and the Sacred in Her Fiction. He has been interviewed by The Wall Street JournalWashington PostThe New York TimesStars & StripesInside Higher Education, NPR, Bloomberg Radio, BBC, CSPAN, PBS, and other media outlets. He completed his B.S. at Vanderbilt University and M.A. at the University of Mississippi. He is the visiting writer in residence at Mississippi Valley State University, a public HBCU institution.

“Jon Parrish Peede brings valuable experience to Common Sense Society as we celebrate community, culture, and civilization, while highlighting the failures of socialist and collectivist experiments around the world,” said CSS president and C.E.O. Marion Smith. “Many Americans are growing apathetic about politics and civic life. We younger generations fail to see how our ​​political freedom and economic freedom have been both informed by and made possible the rich and varied cultural vitality we enjoy in this country. More understanding of and appreciation for our great cultural inheritance are needed—as well as the cautionary tales provided by totalitarian and authoritarian systems, and Peede’s contributions will be integral to that effort.”

Common Sense Society (CSS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes liberty, prosperity, and beauty through education and public discourse. The educational fellowships, curriculum resources, publications, cultural programs, community initiatives, and national campaigns of CSS illuminate the enduring ideas that have transformed the course of human history for the better. CSS does not accept funding from governments or political parties.


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