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HMML Program on ‘Why Cultural Heritage Matters’ Premieres on TPT

March 25, 2020
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In partnership with Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), HMML is proud to announce the Television Premiere of Why Cultural Heritage Matters on April 19, 2020. This 30-minute program highlights the reasons why preserving the knowledge of the past is important for the understanding of our future. It begins with inspiring words from the Governor of Minnesota, the Honorable Tim Walz, who introduces Father Columba Stewart, OSB, the 2019 NEH Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities. Fred de Sam Lazaro of PBS NewsHour and the Under-told Stories Project then begins a dialog with Fr. Columba about the vital work of digitizing important historical manuscripts in partnership with communities around the world.

During their conversation, Fr. Columba explains how and why HMML does its work, emphasizing the importance of preserving the world’s handwritten heritage for the purpose of fostering conversation and respectful debate among different cultures and religions. In a world of conflict and upheaval that often threatens our global cultural heritage, this conversation serves as a springboard to understanding why preserving this heritage is now more critical than ever. Finally, Fr. Columba passionately defends the importance of listening to each other in our otherwise divided and polarized world.

Tune in to hear a message of hope during these uncertain times about how we can work together to preserve the stories of the past, in order to better understand the present and help build a brighter future.

‘Why Cultural Heritage Matters’ airs:

Viewers anywhere can stream the program from TPT at: