The Center for the Humanities, in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Assembly Series, will hold the first annual James E. McLeod Lecture on Higher Education on Tuesday, October 2, at 4:00 p.m. in Graham Chapel. The speaker will be Walter E. Massey, president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This lecture series, in honor of the esteemed Vice Chancellor of Students who died in 2011, will deal with the role of the liberal arts in higher education, a subject especially meaningful to Dean McLeod. Reception in the Formal Lounge of the Women’s Building will follow the lecture. The title of Dr. Massey’s talk is "Liberal Arts: The Higgs Boson of Higher Education."
Walter E. Massey is an educator, physicist, and business executive. He has served as Professor of Physics and Dean of the College at Brown University, as well as on the faculties of the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a former president of Morehouse College, Dean McLeod’s alma mater. A prominent physicist, Dr. Massey was Director of the Argonne National Laboratory from 1979 to 1984, and the Director of the National Science Foundation from 1991 to 1993, appointed by former President George H. W. Bush. He has been a strong advocate for quality science education for minority students.
Dr. Massey has served as director and Chairman of the Board of Bank of America and is currently on the board of McDonald’s.
Dr. Massey received his Ph. D. in Physics from Washington University in St. Louis.