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Andrew Delbanco: What is College For?

Date of Lecture: March 1, 2017

Andrew DelbancoAbout the Speaker: Andrew Delbanco is the Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University and author of “College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be” (Princeton University Press, 2012).  In 2011, he received the National Humanities Medal for his insight into the American character, past and present. In 2001, Time magazine named him “America’s best social critic” for his essays on current issues and higher education.

About the Talk: Delbanco reviews the history of higher education in the United States, addresses some of the criticism and shortcomings of liberal education today, and makes the case why liberal education is still of value.

The talk is the Thomas More Lecture on the Humanities.