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Louis Menand

"The Humanistic Condition"

April 18, 2014

Louis Menand earned his B.A. from Pomona College in 1973, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1975 and 1980. After teaching at Princeton University, Queen’s College CUNY, and the Graduate Center CUNY, he is now at Harvard University as the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English. He has received numerous awards and honors, including Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is currently a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Society of American Historians. He has written four books and over ninety articles, and his scholarship has been translated into Spanish, Korean, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Arabic, and Turkish. His influential book The Metaphysical Club won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 2002, and he has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 2001.