IDEAS: The Fairfield 2020 Lecture Series, Wed., Oct. 8


IDEAS: The Fairfield 2020 Lecture Series, Wed., Oct. 8

All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend!

The College Mission During Turbulent Times

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

3:30-4:30 p.m.; Oak Room, Barone Campus Center

Guest Speaker: Dr. Andrew Delbanco

Author of College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be
Director of American Studies, Columbia University

In his book, prominent cultural critic Dr. Andrew Delbanco offers a defense of a four-year college experience that is an exploratory time for students to discover passions and test ideas and values with the help of teachers and peers. He believes this concept is often at odds with the narrow view of obtaining a bachelor’s degree as a pre-professional credential. Dr. Delbanco will share his insights on how colleges should remain true to their mission in these turbulent economic times and make college available to as many young people as possible.

Dr. Delbanco received his BA and PhD from Harvard and is the director of American Studies at Columbia University, where has been Columbia’s Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities since 1995. He has authored six books and countless essays in the New York Review of Books, The New Republic and other journals on topics from American literacy and religious history to contemporary issues in higher education. In February 2012, President Barack Obama presented Dr. Delbanco with the National Humanities Medal for “his writings on higher education and the place classic authors hold in history and contemporary life.”  In 2001, he was named by Time Magazine as "America's Best Social Critic" and in 2003 named New York State Scholar of the Year. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others.

photo credit: Columbia University

NEW - - Post Lecture Discussion with Andrew Delbanco

4:45-5:45 p.m.; Oak Room

All are invited to join Dr. Delbanco for an expanded discussion after his lecture to delve deeper into topics relating to the challenges and opportunities facing higher education today, particularly schools like Fairfield University.

Upcoming Lectures – Mark your calendars!

Wed. Oct. 29 :                       Dr. Fred Carstensen: Connecticut’s Economy – Trends for Employment, Careers, and Education

Wed. Nov. 19 :                      Dr. Brandon Busteed: EduEconomy – Preparing Students for their Future

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