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Contact: Christine Payton April 20, 2009
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
Event dedicated to late Professor David Thibodaux
Andrew Delbanco will deliver the Flora Plonsky Levy Lecture, April 23, 7 p.m. at the LITE Center on Cajundome Boulevard. The lecture will be dedicated to the memory of Professor David Thibodaux. The title of the lecture is: "How Could Anyone Defend Slavery?: Moral Crisis in Antebellum America.”

Delbanco writes on American culture and is a graduate of Harvard University. He began teaching at Columbia University in 1985 and, since 1995, he has been Columbia's Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities.

His book, The Puritan Ordeal received the 1990 Lionel Trilling Award at Columbia University. He is the author of The Death of Satan, Required Reading and The Real American Dream.

Among the books he has edited are, Writing New England, The Portable Abraham Lincoln, The Sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson (volume 2) and The Puritans in America. He has also published a biography of Herman Melville, entitled Melville.

Delbanco's essays appear regularly in the New York Review of Books, the New Republic, and other journals, on topics ranging from American literary and religious history to contemporary issues in higher education.

In 2001 he was named by Time magazine as "America's Best Social Critic," and in 2003 was chosen New York State Scholar of the Year by the New York Council for the Humanities.

A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has served as vice president of PEN American Center and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the ACLS, the NEH, and the National Humanities Center.

For more information on the Levy Lecture Series, contact the English Department at 482-5482.


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