Dr. Andrew Delbanco is Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University. He is the author of several books, including College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be (2012), which is required reading on many campuses, and has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Turkish, Russian, and Hebrew. Melville: His World and Work (2005), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography, was awarded the Lionel Trilling Award by Columbia University, and has been translated into German and Spanish. His essays appear regularly in The New York Review of Books and other journals, on topics ranging from American literary and religious history to contemporary issues in higher education. Delbanco is a trustee of the Teagle Foundation and the Library of America, and Trustee Emeritus of the National Humanities Center. He has also served on the board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and as vice president of PEN American Center. In 2001, Delbanco was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2013 to membership in the American Philosophical Society. In 2005 the Society of Columbia Graduates honored him with its "Great Teacher" award. In 2011, he was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.