David Tebaldi Profile

DAVID TEBALDI is the second longest-serving chief executive of a state humanities council in the country, having been appointed Executive Director of Mass Humanities in 1985. A native of Springfield, he graduated from Clark University and went on to receive his MA and Ph.D. degrees, both in philosophy, at Rutgers University. After teaching philosophy and environmental ethics at Cook College, Rutgers College, and the University of Wyoming, he became Assistant Director and then Executive Director of the Wyoming Council for the Humanities prior to returning to Massachusetts. David co-chaired a special task force organized to assess the state of the humanities in Wyoming’s public schools and authored its report, Humanities Education in Wyoming’s Public Schools, which led to a number of important reforms. He has written many scholarly and professional articles, essays, reviews, and opinion pieces and is the editor of an anthology, Reflecting on Values: The Unity and Diversity of the Humanities.

During his long tenure at Mass Humanities, David has been responsible for developing numerous innovative and highly acclaimed public humanities programs. He has championed the Clemente Course in the Humanities, winner of the 2015 National Humanities Medal, providing access to the transformative power of the humanities in low income neighborhoods in six cities across the Commonwealth. His Traveling Humanities Seminars to Cuba brought more than 400 Massachusetts travelers to Cuba when access to the island was severely restricted. His newest undertaking, the Community College Public Humanities Centers Initiative, promises to make the humanities even more accessible and useful to the residents of Massachusetts.

David has been Visiting Associate Professor of Philosophy at Mount Holyoke College, where he taught occasional courses and lectured in environmental philosophy, and a Visiting Lecturer in the English Department at Amherst College. David has served on the board of the Federation of State Humanities Councils and as president of the board of the New England Foundation for the Humanities. At the national level, he also has been a tireless advocate for the National Endowment for the Humanities, a major benefactor of countless educational and cultural institutions in Massachusetts.

Posted: December 2016