Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Harriet Zuckerman to Speak on "Educating Scholars: Doctoral Education in the Humanities"
NEW YORK, April 7, 2010 –

The Friends of the Columbia Libraries are pleased to sponsor a lecture by Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics at Cornell University and director of the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, and Harriet Zuckerman, senior vice president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and professor emerita of sociology at Columbia University, on the state of America's doctoral programs in the humanities today. The lecture will take place Thursday, April 15, at 4:00 p.m. at Faculty House on Columbia University's Morningside Campus, 64 Morningside Drive, and is free and open to the public.


This is the final of three lectures in the Future of the Research University Speaker Series. Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Harriet Zuckerman will address topics from their new publication, Educating Scholars: Doctoral Education in the Humanities (Princeton University Press, 2010), co-authored with Jeffrey A. Groen and Sharon M. Brucker.

Despite the worldwide prestige of America's doctoral programs in the humanities, all is not well in this area of higher education and hasn't been for some time. The content of graduate programs has undergone major changes, while high rates of student attrition, long times to degree, and financial burdens prevail. Answering some of the most important questions being raised about American doctoral programs today, this talk will interest all those concerned about our nation's intellectual future.

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