Carnegie President To Speak at Library

Posted May 13, 2003 at 2:43pm

“The Road to Home: My Life and Times” will be the subject of discussion when Vartan Gregorian, the 12th president of the Carnegie Corp. of New York, speaks at the Library of Congress at 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Gregorian, a former history professor, will discuss his autobiography as part of the Center for the Book’s Books and Beyond Series.

A native of Tabriz, Iran, Gregorian — whose tenure in academia spans nearly 50 years — holds a doctorate from Stanford University.

Over the course of his career, Gregorian has taught at San Francisco State College, the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Texas at Austin.

In the 1970s, Gregorian served as the University of Pennsylvania’s founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and later as its provost. He also was president of Brown University and the New York Public Library.

The recipient of the National Humanities Medal, Gregorian has also authored “The Emergence of Modern Afghanistan: Politics of Reform and Modernization, 1880-1946” and “Islam: a Mosaic, not a Monolith.”

The event — held in Room 119 of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building — is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a book signing.

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— Bree Hocking