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SAS Dean's Forum: A Celebration of Intellectual Excellence

David McCullough

Each year since 1984, the School of Arts and Sciences Dean's Forum has presented leading intellectual figures who exemplify the liberal arts tradition. Dean Samuel H. Preston has announced that this year's Forum will feature author David McCullough as he discusses the Qualities of Leadership on Tuesday, February 18. The Forum takes place at 4:30 p.m., in Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center.

Mr. McCullough is a two-time winner of the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize, and has been honored by the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal, the St. Louis Literary Award, the Carl Sandburg Award, and the New York Public Library's Literary Lion Award. Mr. McCullough is the author of The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path between the Seas, Brave Companions, Mornings on Horseback, and Truman.

Mr. McCullough's latest biography, John Adams, hit the New York Times bestsellers list at number one and continues to entice readers with the life story of one of America's greatest-but almost forgotten--heroes: John Adams.

The SAS Dean's Forum has brought to Penn's campus leading intellectual figures who exemplify the liberal arts tradition. Previous Dean's Forum speakers include: Craig Venter, Tom Wolfe, John Updike, Maxine Hong Kingston, Garry Wills, Floyd E. Bloom, Jonathan Miller, Donald C. Johanson, Arthur Schlesinger, Philip Roth, Toni Morrison, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Governors Pierre S. duPont of Delaware and Gerald Baliles of Virginia, Gerald Edelman, Baruch Blumberg, James Watson, Susan Sontag, and Arthur Miller.

During the Dean's Forum, several undergraduate and graduate students are honored as Dean's Scholars in recognition of their outstanding academic performance and intellectual promise.

The Dean's Forum is free and open to the entire University community and the public.

For more information and to RSVP call (215) 898-5262 or e-mail


  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 21, February 11, 2003