With roles from the Trinity Killer on “Dexter” to Dr. Dick Solomon on “3rd Rock from the Sun,” Lithgow has won Golden Globes, Emmy and Tony Awards for both comedic and dramatic roles on stage and screen. Moderated by Sheri Parks, associate professor of American Studies and former NPR host, Lithgow will discuss his new storytelling project and the importance of the arts and humanities.

Lithgow is a member of the Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which produced the national report “The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation.” Created by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Commission seeks to advance dialogue on the importance of the humanities and social sciences to the future of our nation. The University of Maryland College of Arts and Humanities serves as a host site to extend that conversation.

The Dean's Lecture Series provides an opportunity for the college faculty, students, staff and community to join together for stimulating conversation about issues across the arts and humanities disciplines. Lectures and performances may address either enduring or emerging questions central to the arts and humanities, or those arising from other disciplines to which the arts and humanities might speak.

In addition to presenting a major public event, each speaker interacts in smaller settings with faculty, graduate students and/or undergraduates.

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