About the Author:

David J. Skorton is the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian. A board-certified cardiologist whose specialty is congenital heart disease and cardiac imaging, Skorton is also an avid jazz musician and a passionate supporter of the arts and humanities.

Mar
09

Trusted Sources: Why museums and libraries are more relevant than ever

With the proliferation of “alternative facts” and accusations of “fake news” formenting ever deeping distrust of traditional media and information sources, where do we turn for nonpartisan, unbiased and accurate information about the world around us and the events that affect us? Continue reading Trusted Sources: Why museums and libraries are more relevant than ever

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Nov
04

A planet in peril

We are only beginning to understand the interwoven complexity of life on Earth. The unraveling of a single thread–the extinction of a species, the emergence of a pandemic–can have a devastating effect. Dr. Skorton spoke with Dr. Suzan Murray about the Smithsonian Global Health Program and its work to keep Earth’s rich tapestry intact. Continue reading A planet in peril

Oct
11

“The Art of the Qur’an”: Opening the door to understanding

Visitors to the Sackler Gallery of Art this month will have a rare opportunity to see some of the most beautiful and precious religious manuscripts ever created. At a time when cultural differences can provoke division and conflict, “The Art of the Qu’ran” opens the door to understanding. I urge you to see this stunning exhibition–the culmination of years of research, diplomacy and serendipity–and recommend it to others. Continue reading “The Art of the Qur’an”: Opening the door to understanding

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Aug
31

Our History, Our Culture

With the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture this month, the Smithsonian gains a valuable and vital asset, essential to discovering, understanding and sharing the past, present, and future of America. Creating the museum was a huge undertaking, and no one knows this better than Lonnie Bunch, noted scholar and founding director. I spoke with Lonnie to learn about the achievements and ambitions of the newest member of our museum family. Continue reading Our History, Our Culture

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