Andrew Delbanco Speaks at Honors College Series

Dec. 1, 2009

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The Honors College Lecture Series at Baylor University will host Columbia University Professor Andrew Delbanco, who will speak on "What is College for?" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in Memorial Drawing Room.

Delbanco, who serves as director of American studies at Columbia, will talk about his new book "College: What it Was, What it Is, and What it Should Be," and will discuss the nature of a liberal arts education, the various pressures on colleges and the goals universities should be pursuing with students.

"Andrew Delbanco is one of the leading national commentators on higher education, the 'go-to guy' on this topic for the New York Review of Books," said Dr. Thomas Hibbs, Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture and dean of the Honors College at Baylor.

Delbanco was awarded the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates and authored "Melville: His World and Work," which won the Lionel Trilling Award, "Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter Now" and "The Real American Dream." He regularly reviews books about higher education for The New York Review of Books.

In 2001, Delbanco was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and named by TIME Magazine as "America's Best Social Critic." In 2003, he was named New York State Scholar of the Year by the New York Council for the Humanities.

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 Center for Scholars and Writers.

by Colton Wright, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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