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New York Council for the Humanities Names Andew Delbanco 2003 Scholar of the Year

Andrew Delbanco
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The New York Council for the Humanities has named Andrew Delbanco, the Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities and a member of the English and history departments, the 2003 Scholar of the Year. The Council, the non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts, annually recognizes the contributions of a leading scholar working in New York State with this award.

"Having been a New Yorker most of my life, I am especially honored by this recognition and to share it with previous recipients among my colleagues and friends here at Columbia," said Delbanco.

In conjunction with the award, on Thursday, October 16, Delbanco will present a lecture entitled "Melville's World" at 7:00 p.m. at the Cultural Education Center, State Museum Theater, on Madison Avenue in Albany.

"With this award, we acknowledge Professor Delbanco both for his body of work and for his great dedication to conveying his findings to the general public," said David Cronin, executive director of the New York Council for the Humanities.

Delbanco's writings include: "The Death of Satan: How Americans Have Lost the Sense of Evil"; "Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter Now," and "The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope." Delbanco has made important contributions to the field of American literature; his interests and scholarship span American history, religion and literature. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was named America's best social critic by Time Magazine in 2001. He is currently working on a book about Herman Melville that explores why Melville was dismissed in his lifetime and why he has emerged as a great American writer in our own time.

Delbanco joins Columbians Eric Foner, Kenneth T. Jackson and Simon Schama as recipients of the Scholar of the Year award. Past recipients also include: Robert Heilbroner, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Linda Nochlin, Ron Chernow, Ronald Dworkin and Louis Menand.

Published: Oct 13, 2003
Last modified: Oct 10, 2003

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