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Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture Series

Earl Lewis2013-2014 Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture

"Three Cents, Three Senses: Philanthropy, Higher Education, and the Future"

Dr. Earl Lewis, President, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 4:10 p.m.

Community Room, Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University




Earl Lewis is president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Before joining the Mellon Foundation, he served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies at Emory University.

The author and co-editor of seven books as well as the eleven-volume The Young Oxford History of African Americans, he has written numerous essays, articles, and reviews on different aspects of American and African American history.

In recent years, President Lewis has championed the importance of diversifying the academy, enhancing graduate education, re-visioning the liberal arts, exploring the role of digital tools for learning, and connecting universities to their communities.

The Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture Series was established in 1994 through the endowment of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Nash Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. George Renfro, all of Asheville, North Carolina. The lecture honors Harry C. Howard Jr. (B.A., 1951) and allows the Warren Center to bring an outstanding scholar to Vanderbilt annually to deliver a lecture on a significant topic in the humanities. 

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