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President Brodhead appears on 'The Colbert Report'

Special to The Chronicle

President Richard Brodhead appeared on 'The Colbert Report'  to discuss his recent report—"The Heart of the Matter"—which emphasizes the importance of the humanities in education.

The show, which aired Thursday night, featured a five-minute interview between President Brodhead and Stephen Colbert. Throughout the interview, Brodhead discussed the report and the need for a strong humanities focus throughout K-12 education.

"There's a hunger for the things humanities supply and people haven't paid it that much attention," he said.

True to the show's nature, Brodhead and Colbert shared lighthearted moments as well, such as a "Colbert [fist] bump" in honor of the humanities. Colbert also questioned Brodhead about Moby Dick, wondering if it was "a metaphor for the struggle that is reading Moby Dick."

"You missed your calling as a literary critic," Brodhead said.

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