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Andrew Delbanco to Offer University Lecture, 'Melville, Our Contemporary,' April 10

Andrew Delbanco

On Thursday, April 10, Andrew Delbanco, Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities, will offer a University Lecture entitled "Melville, Our Contemporary." Delbanco will speak about Herman Melville as both a witness to his times and as a timeless witness to the human condition. The event will begin at 8:00 p.m. in Low Rotunda and is free and open to the public.

Delbanco has taught in the Core Curriculum, and regularly offers an introductory course for undergraduates, Foundations of American Literature. His graduate seminars in American literary and cultural history range from the colonial period to the present, and he is director of the Colloquium on the History of Higher Education, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Delbanco's most recent book, "The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope," based on the William E. Massey, Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization, delivered at Harvard in 1998, was named a notable book by the editors of the New York Times Book Review. His other books include: "The Puritan Ordeal," which received the 1990 Lionel Trilling Award, "The Death of Satan: How Americans Have Lost the Sense of Evil," which was selected by the New York Times as a notable book for 1995, and "Required Reading: Why our American Classics Matter Now," a Times notable book for 1997. His essays on American literature and culture appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic and other journals.

Delbanco has served as Vice President of the PEN American Center, an organization devoted to the support of literacy and free expression in the United States and abroad, and as chair of education programs at the National Humanities Center. He is a Trustee of the Library of America and of the National Humanities Center, and a member of the Society of American Historians.

In 2001, Professor Delbanco was named by Time Magazine as "America's Best Social Critic," and elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Delbanco was born in New York in 1952 to German-Jewish parents who had emigrated after the rise of Nazism, first to Britain, then, after World War II, to the United States. He was graduated from the Fieldston School and Harvard University, from which he received the A.B. degree summa cum laude in 1973, followed by the A.M. (1976) and Ph.D. degrees (1981) in English and American literature.

Published: Apr 08, 2003
Last modified: Apr 08, 2003

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