Secretary David J. Skorton Installation Ceremony Webcast

David J. Skorton was installed as the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution during a ceremony held Monday, Oct. 19, at the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall.

In his remarks, Skorton stressed the important role the Smithsonian must play in the world. “We face national and global challenges that cry out for the arts, social sciences and humanities to act side-by-side with the life sciences and physical sciences...Our country, and others around the world, look to us for insight and inspiration...We are so fortunate to be the custodians of the greatest treasures of the greatest nation on Earth. Let’s find more and better ways to share them, to understand their significance, to inform, to inspire, to make this world better—a lot better.”

Installation Remarks for Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton, "Magic" (PDF) »