Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter will speak about the importance of the humanities,  Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Cultural Education Center in Albany.

The lecture is open to the public. The New York State Bar Association is helping to underwrite part of the event.

Souter will discuss “The Heart of the Matter,” a report issued this summer by the Commission on the Humanities & Social Sciences of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

The report asks, “Who will lead America into a bright future?”  And answers, “Citizens who are educated in the broadest possible sense, so they can participate in their own governance and engage in the world.”  Justice Souter will expand on that theme, talking about civic knowledge and responsibility.

To read “Heart of the Matter, ” click here:

The New York Council of the Humanities and The New York State Library, Archives and Museum are hosting Souter’s appearance.

Seating is limited so those wishing to attend should arrive in advance.

Time: Thursday, September 12, 4 to 5 p.m.

Location:  Clark Auditorium, Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Avenue, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY.