Erin Blasko | October 19, 2019
Hanna Holborn Gray, the Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Early Modern and European History and ninth president of the University of Chicago, will deliver the 2019 Kathleen Cannon, O.P., Distinguished Lecture sponsored by the University Committee on Women Faculty and Students and the Office of the Provost at the University of Notre Dame.
Gray, who served as president of the University of Chicago from 1978 to 1993, will deliver a lecture titled “Measuring the Height of Higher Education” at 4 p.m. Oct. 30 (Wednesday) in 104 Bond Hall. A reception will follow.
Gray most recently wrote a memoir titled “An Academic Life,” a sophomore release to her book “Searching for Utopia: Universities and Their Histories” released in 2011.
“As a highly regarded scholar and administrator, Professor Gray’s impact on university governance, academic freedom and the role of higher education in society has been significant and lasting,” said Thomas G. Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost at the University of Notre Dame. “We look forward to gaining valuable insights about these and other topics from one of the most influential leaders of higher education in the past 50 years.”
Born in Germany, Gray moved with her family to the U.S. at a young age. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1950 and her Ph.D. in history from Harvard University in 1957. From 1950 to 1951, she was a Fulbright Scholar at Oxford University in England.
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