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David B. Rice
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Trustee Endows New Type of Fellowship at
National Humanities Center

News Release Date: May 17, 2004

Research Triangle Park, N.C.—Assad Meymandi, psychiatrist and philanthropist, has endowed a new type of fellowship at the National Humanities Center.

Geoffrey Harpham, the Center's president and director, thanked Meymandi on behalf of the institution's fellows, staff, and board of trustees, of which Meymandi is a member.

"Currently, nearly all of the scholars in residence at the Center stay for an entire academic year," Harpham said. "This endowment will enable us to bring distinguished visitors to the Center for shorter terms."

Meymandi expressed his hope that the Meymandi Fellows will further enhance the dialogue between the humanities and the basic sciences, medicine, and the arts, and praised the Center for its impact on the Triangle and the nation.

"Communities are like people. They have bodies, functions, brains, and a soul," Meymandi said. "For decades, I have known that the National Humanities Center is the brains and the soul of our community. My humble contribution is only a token of my gratitude to the Center for what it has given me and all the American citizens as a national treasure."

Meymandi is a distinguished life member of the American Psychiatric Association, a life member of the American Medical Association and the Southern Medical Association, a founding fellow of the International Academy of Research in Learning Disabilities, a senior fellow of the American Board of Disability Analysts, and a diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Medicine. He lives in Raleigh with his wife Emily.

The National Humanities Center, located in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina, is a privately incorporated independent institute for advanced study in the humanities. Since 1978 the Center has awarded fellowships to leading scholars in the humanities, whose work at the Center has resulted in the publication of more than 900 books in all fields of humanistic study. The Center also sponsors programs to strengthen the teaching of the humanities in secondary and higher education.

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