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Leading Voices in Higher Education: Andrew Delbanco

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"College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be" 

Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 4:30 PM in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

Dr. Andrew H. Delbanco is Dartmouth's annual William Jewett Tucker guest lecturer for 2013. He is the Mendelson Family Chair of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University.  Dr. Delbanco was awarded the 2011 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama  “for his writing that spans the literature of Melville and Emerson to contemporary issues in higher education.” He writes extensively on American literary and religious history. In 2001, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and named by Time Magazine as “America’s Best Social Critic.”  In 2006, Professor Delbanco received the “Great Teacher Award” from the Society of Columbia Graduates.  A double graduate of Harvard University (BA (1973) and PhD (1980), Delbanco has been teaching at Columbia University since 1985.

Dr. Delbanco is the author of many books, including, most recently, College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be (Princeton University Press, 2012), and The Abolitionist Imagination (Harvard University Press, 2012).  Melville: His World and Work (2005) was published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, in Britain under the Picador imprint, and has appeared in German and Spanish translation. Melville was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography, and appeared on “best books” lists in the Washington Post, Independent (London), Dallas Morning News, and TLS.  It was awarded the Lionel Trilling Award by Columbia University.

Mr. Delbanco has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was a member of the inaugural class of fellows at the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.  He is a trustee of the Library of America, and the Teagle Foundation, and trustee emeritus of the National Humanities Center.  He has served as Vice President of PEN American Center, and as a trustee of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. 

WATCH: PBS NewsHour interview with Delbanco (May 2012) »

READ: The New York Times book review of College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be »