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The Lycoming College History Department will host a lecture by Dr. Stanley Katz, professor and director of the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, as part of the 39th annual Ewing Lecture. His presentation, "Can the liberal arts college help to save our democracy?" is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Heim Building G-11. The event is free and open to the public.
Katz is president emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies, the national humanities organization in the United States. His recent research focuses upon the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy, and upon the relationship of the United States to the international human rights regime. He received the annual Fellows Award from Phi Beta Kappa in 2010 and the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama in 2011.
Katz is the editor-in-chief of the recently published Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History, and editor of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the United States Supreme Court. He also writes about higher education policy and publishes a blog for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Formerly Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton, Katz is a specialist on American legal and constitutional history, and on philanthropy and nonprofit institutions.
The author and editor of numerous books and articles, Katz has served as president of the Organization of American Historians and the American Society for Legal History and as vice president of the Research Division of the American Historical Association. He also serves as chair of the American Council of Learned Societies/Social Science Research Council Working Group on Cuba.
Katz is a member of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the American Antiquarian Society, the American Philosophical Society; a fellow of the American Society for Legal History, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Society of American Historians; and a corresponding member of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Katz graduated magna cum laude with a major in English history and literature in 1955 from Harvard University, where he also earned a master's in American history in 1959, a Ph.D. in the same field in 1961 and attended law school from 1969-70.
The Ewing Lecture Series was established in 1973 when Robert H. Ewing, for whom it is named, retired after 27 years of teaching at Lycoming. His life was characterized by a deep religious faith, a passion for history and a strong devotion to a liberal arts education. These qualities touched the lives of all who came in contact with him and led his many friends to contribute to the Ewing fund to establish this series.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.