Andrew Delbanco


Event Details

Title: College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be 
Date: November 29
Times/Locations: Roundtable Discussion: 11:00am, Anna Todd Wofford
Convocation: 7:00pm, Leonard Auditorium
Description: Andrew Delbanco, author of College: What It Was, Is, and Should be, the second selection in the Re:Thinking Education Book Club, will address how the ideas in his book connect to a school like Wofford College.


Professor Andrew Delbanco is Director of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. Winner of the 2006 Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates, and the 2011 National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Delbanco is the author of Melville: His World and Work (2005), which won the Lionel Trilling Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in biography. The Death of Satan (1995), Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter Now (1997), and The Real American Dream (1999) were named notable books by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. The Puritan Ordeal (1989) won the Lionel Trilling Award. He is also the editor of a number of books, including Writing New England (2001), The Portable Abraham Lincoln (1992), and, with Alan Heimert, The Puritans in America (1985).

Andrew Delbanco's essays appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Raritan, and other journals, on topics ranging from American literary and religious history to contemporary issues in higher education. In 2001, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and named by Time Magazine as "America's Best Social Critic." In 2003, the New York Council for the Humanities named him New York State Scholar of the Year.

Professor Delbanco has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was a member of the inaugural class of fellows at the New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers. He is a trustee of the National Humanities Center, the Library of America, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the Teagle Foundation. He has also served as Vice President of PEN American Center.

His most recent book is College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be, for which he has received national acclaim.

Most of the preceding information can be found on Professor Delbanco’s faculty profile on the Columbia University website.