Colin Powell School Hosts Inaugural Sternberg Family Lecture April 1

Social Critic Andrew Delbanco to talk on future of American higher education

WHO:  Andrew Delbanco
“Do America’s Colleges Have a Future?”
4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, 2014,
The Great Hall of Shepard Hall, The City College of New York, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10031


Dr. Andrew Delbanco (Columbia University photograph)

Dr. Andrew Delbanco (Columbia University photograph)

U.S. institutions of higher education face urgent social, financial, and political pressures today. Now Dr. Andrew Delbanco, renowned social critic and author of “College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be” (Princeton University Press, 2012) takes on questions of access, equity, ethics and politics that have forced colleges to a crossroads.

His April 1 talk, “Do America’s Colleges Have a Future?” inaugurates the Colin Powell School’s Sternberg Family Lecture in Public Scholarship. The lecture will provide essential context for students, faculty, administrators and community members uneasy about the direction colleges are following and their future as the gateway to the American dream.

Dr. Delbanco is Mendelson Family Chair of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded him the National Humanities Medal. Previously, “Time” magazine named him “America’s Best Social Critic.” He has also has received the Society of Columbia Graduates’ Great Teacher Award.

Besides “College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be,” other books he has authored include “Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter Now” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997) and “The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope” (Harvard College, 1999). His essays on topics that include contemporary issues in higher education appear regularly in “The New York Review of Books,” “New Republic,” “New York Times Magazine” and other publications.

The Sternberg Family Lecture in Public Scholarship showcases the relationship between the scholarship of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership and the urgent public needs and concerns of our time. The lecture is designed to foster conversations that mobilize academic expertise into immediately relevant public and policy related discussions, and to disseminate those conversations to broader communities of stakeholders.

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Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.

About the Colin Powell School
Inaugurated in 2013, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership comprises the five departments of Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology and dynamic interdisciplinary programs including International Relations, International Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Mental Health Counseling, Pre-Law, Public Service Management, Women’s Studies, and the Skadden, Arps Honors Program for Legal Studies. The School offers a wide variety of traditional and interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degrees and houses the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology offered by the CUNY Graduate Center. The Colin Powell School’s hallmark values of service and leadership permeate every aspect of its work and animate City College’s unflagging and historic commitment to access and excellence.

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