2022 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities: “The Question of Reparations: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future”

Andrew Delbanco, the Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University, President of the Teagle Foundation, and 2011 National Humanities Medalist, will deliver the 2022 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on October 19 at President Lincoln’s Cottage historic site and museum in Washington, D.C., at 6:30 p.m.

In his lecture, “The Question of Reparations: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future,” Delbanco will address reparations for slavery in the United States, using history, philosophy, and literature to examine a wide range of perspectives on the debate. The lecture is free and open to the public and will stream online at neh.gov.

NEH’s Jefferson Lecture is the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. The Jefferson Lecture was established by NEH in 1972, and this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the honorary lecture series.

A renowned scholar of American literary, religious, and cultural history, Delbanco has taught at Columbia University since 1985, where he teaches and writes on the history of American education, colonial and classic American literature, and American culture past and present.

Among his many accolades, Delbanco was named by Time magazine as “America’s Best Social Critic” in 2001 and is the recipient of a Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates. Additionally, President Barack Obama presented him with the National Humanities Medal for his writings on higher education and the place classic authors hold in history and contemporary life. Read more about the NEH Jefferson Lecture and Andrew Delbanco.

Tickets to the lecture are free of charge and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be available on September 14, 2022. All tickets will be general admission and seating is first-come first-served.

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