Director’s Cut


Martin Scorsese 

In April, Martin Scorsese — Academy Award winning film director, producer, film historian and preservationist — delivered the 42nd annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities in Washington, D.C.

Established by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1972, the Jefferson Lecture is the federal government’s most prestigious honor for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.

Scorsese’s lecture “Persistence of Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema” is available for viewing here. Read more about Scorsese’s work and its place in American cultural history in the March/April issue of NEH’s Humanities magazine.