Pulitzer Prize Winner Is This Year's GYRO Scholar

Pulitzer Prize Winner Is This Year's GYRO Scholar

David Levering Lewis, whose biography of W.E.B. Du Bois won a Pulitzer Prize last year, will serve as the visiting GYRO Scholar at Boston College during the University's observance of Black History Month in February.

Lewis, the Martin Luther King Jr. University Professor at Rutgers University, will present the lecture "Du Bois and American Exceptionalism" on Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. in Gasson 100. The event is co-sponsored by the Lowell Lecture Humanities Series.

The author of such acclaimed books as King, A Biography, When Harlem Was in Vogue and The Race to Fashoda, Lewis was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in letters for W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963.

Lewis has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Woodrow Wilson International Center, Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, National Humanities Center and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The GYRO, or "Grow Your Own," Project at Boston College offers encouragement to African-American graduate students pursuing academic careers. Conceived by the Office for Affirmative Action and co-sponsored by the Office of the Academic Vice President, GYRO organizes appearances by scholars of African-American descent, and presentations of papers on black history by BC graduate students that are later published in a bound volume.
-Sean Smith


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