Martin Scorsese, Academy Award winning director of The Departed, will present the 42nd Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on Monday, April 1, 2013, at 7:30 PM at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The NEH’s annual lecture is the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. During his lecture, Scorsese will discuss film history and preservation, the importance of the humanities, and the art of storytelling. The lecture is hosted by the National Endowment for the Humanities and funded by generous donations from American Express, HBO, and other private sources.
This year’s lecture has yielded an unprecedented demand for tickets. One hundred general admission tickets were distributed to Congressional staff on a first-come,first-served basis. The process began with an email alert to staff members who focus on the arts and schedulers in each Congressional office. A short wait list is being maintained.
Those who did not receive a ticket or a spot on the wait list were invited to register for tickets through the website for the general public, which went live shortly after the Congressional ticket distribution. Members of the general public were able to register for tickets as of 11 AM on March 11; all tickets were reserved in about three hours.
Reserved tickets will be held by the NEH at a will-call station in the Kennedy Center until 7 PM on April 1. At that time, unclaimed tickets will be distributed to members of the general public on a first-come, first served basis. If you are interested in attending the lecture, but do not have a ticket, you should get to the Kennedy Center early on April 1, to wait in line for a ticket.
The event will be live streamed for those unable to attend, and the link will be available at www.neh.gov on April 1.