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Talks explore history and future of higher education

Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 1-3, 2008, 5:30 p.m. McCosh 10

Three lectures by Columbia University scholar Andrew Delbanco will examine the history and future of higher education at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 1-3, in McCosh 10.

The lecture series is titled "Does College Really Matter? The History of Undergraduate Education, Why It's in Trouble and What to Do About It." Delbanco will address the changes in higher education that have evolved as the opportunity to attend college has expanded and the cost has escalated.

Delbanco is the Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia. His books include "Melville: His World and Work," "The Real American Dream" and "Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter Now." He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and The New Republic, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The talks are designated as the Stafford Little Lectures, sponsored by the University Public Lectures Series and the Princeton University Press.

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