Richard H. Brodhead was the president of Duke University from 2004 to 2017 and served as the William Preston Few Professor of English. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He previously served as the dean of Yale College from 1993 to 2004 and as the A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of English at Yale University. He is the recipient of several awards, including four honorary degrees. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004, he cochaired its national Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. A scholar of nineteenth-century American literature, Brodhead is the author of several books, including
Interview with Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report
As chair of the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, Richard Brodhead was invited to speak on The Colbert Report about the Commission’s 2013 report, The Heart of the Matter. Brodhead discusses the enduring importance of the humanities and the skills they supply.