Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), will speak at UNH on Thursday, October 30, at noon in the Huddleston Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public. His talk, “The Humanities, the Public University, and Public Good,” is the keynote address of a series of lectures this fall that examines the state of the humanities in society and on college campuses.
Hrabowski’s research and publications focus on science and math education, with a special emphasis on minority participation and performance. Though a vocal proponent of education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), he has spoken nationally—and compellingly—about the importance of the humanities.
“As a STEM person, as someone deeply involved in issues of minority students’ involvement in higher education, as someone who as a child was a leader in the civil rights movement, and as someone who is not a ‘humanities insider,’ Dr. Hrabowski seems uniquely qualified to help us think about the value and importance of what we do,” says Burt Feintuch, professor of English and director of the Center for Humanities, which is organizing this event. “Having someone from outside of our fields talk about their value is especially meaningful. I think his talk will be provocative in the best possible sense of that word.”
Hrabowski was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), Hrabowski also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the human condition. UMBC has been recognized as a model for academic innovation and inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which for the past six years has ranked UMBC as the #1 “Up and Coming” university in the nation.
For more information, contact the UNH Center for the Humanities.