American Council of Learned Societies President Emerita Pauline Yu has been named to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

ACLS President Emerita Pauline Yu
Pauline Yu

Yu joins committee co-chairs Bruce Cohen and Lady Gaga, along with members George Clooney, Constance M. Carroll (San Diego Community College District), Philip J. Deloria (Harvard University), Nora Halpern (Americans for the Arts), Troy Kotsur, Arnold Rampersad F’02 (Stanford University), Horacio Sierra (Bowie State), and Anna Deavere Smith among two dozen artists and scholars named to the committee.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) advises the President and the heads of U.S. cultural agencies including the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, the Librarian of Congress, the Smithsonian, on policy and efforts to enhance federal support for the arts, humanities, and museum and library services.

“I am honored to have been invited to join this exceptional group of scholars and artists as advisors to President Biden on how best the federal government can support and advance the arts and humanities in our country,” said Yu. “ACLS played a pivotal role in convincing President Lyndon Johnson and Congress to create the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1964. The re-establishment of this committee signals an important commitment to supporting the arts and humanities and I am thrilled to contribute to this important effort.”

Yu served as ACLS President from 2003-2019. During her tenure, she significantly expanded the Council’s program and resources: the total sum awarded in fellowships and grants tripled, the ACLS endowment grew by 110 percent, and new philanthropic partnerships were formed.

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