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1/13/2003 Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities to address Civic Education Commission tomorrow
STATE HOUSE – The Rhode Island Permanent Commission on Civic Education will meet tomorrow, Tuesday, January 14th at the rise of the House in room 205 of the State House. Senator Hanna M. Gallo, co-chairperson of the commission, has invited a representative from the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities to give a brief presentation.

“I am pleased to welcome M. Drake Patten, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities, to the next Civic Education Commission meeting,” said Senator Gallo (D-Dist. 27). “I am sure that Ms. Patten’s experience and unique perspective will add to the scope of the commission.”

The Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities (RICH) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the presence of the humanities in the state’s cultural and intellectual life. The committee is an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1973, RICH has funded programs at museums, libraries, universities, historical societies, and other educational and cultural organizations.

“One of the goals of the commission is to hear from a variety of sources so that we can develop a comprehensive plan to improve civic education in our state,” said Senator Gallo, a democrat from Cranston.

At tomorrow’s meeting, the commission also will discuss other projects including drafting a survey on Rhode Island history, composing a mission statement, developing a Web site among other issues.

If you would like to attend or wish to receive additional information about the commission, please contact commission secretary Sara T. Martino at 401.222.2457.

For more information, contact:
Randall T. Szyba, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2457