Langenberg Lecture Welcomes Vartan Gregorian of Carnegie Corp., May 14
ADELPHI, Md. (May 9, 2008) - The University System of Maryland (USM) and
University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), welcome speaker Vartan Gregorian,
president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, for the annual Langenberg
Lecture and Award ceremony, Wednesday, May 14, at 1:30 p.m. The lecture will be
held in the Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, on the UMCP campus.
During the event, UMCP senior
Laura C. Stevens, a double-major in secondary education and
mathematics, will receive the Langenberg Award, given annually to a
student who has
demonstrated great promise in and commitment to a career in education.
Dr. Gregorian is president of
the Carnegie Corporation of New York, a grant-making institution founded by Andrew
Carnegie in 1911. Since assuming his role as president in 1997, Dr. Gregorian
has consistently drawn attention to the importance of education for the
individual and society. He describes teachers as the "foot soldiers of
civilization." Dr. Gregorian was born in Tabriz,
Iran, of Armenian parents, and came to the United States in 1956. He received a Ph.D. in history and
humanities from Stanford University in 1964. In 1974, he became the founding dean of the
Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and later became its provost. He has served as
president of the New York Public Library and Brown University. Dr. Gregorian serves on a number of distinguished boards
and has received many governmental, civic, and academic honors. In 1998, he was
awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Clinton, and in 2004, he
received the Medal of Freedom-the nation's highest civil award-from President
Established in honor of
Donald N. Langenberg upon his retirement as USM's second chancellor,
Langenberg Lecture annually presents new perspectives on education in
America. The lecture rotates among USM's member institutions.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Those
who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to the USM Office of Special Events at
301-445-8057 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For driving directions to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, visit: http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/2007/c/visitors/directions.
Contact: John Buettner