LSU Press Director MaryKatherine Callaway has been asked to participate in a liberal arts symposium this November in Florence, Italy.

“A Discussion on the Humanities and Liberal Arts in 21st Century Higher Education,” the event is hosted by The John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress at New York University, the Humanities Initiative at NYU and the James Madison Project at Princeton University, according to an LSU news release.

The symposium organizers’ goal is to generate meaningful discussion concerning the reasons for the lack of funding for the humanities and liberal arts, which form the core of Western academic tradition. It also intends to discuss strategies for how the humanities and liberal arts might recover and reassert their value in a global age, especially in these challenging economic times.

In 2003, Callaway was named director of LSU Press, which has since won its fourth Pulitzer Prize and has had three National Book Award Finalists, among many other awards.