Vartan Gregorian is a distinguished Iranian-American academic.
As an ethnic Armenian, he was born in Tabriz, Iran in 1934 and educated there, as well as in Lebanon before moving to the United States. He has received the National Humanities Medal and the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the US. He is currently serving as the president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, a position he has held since June 1997. Prior to this post, he was the president of the New York Public Library for nine years and of Brown University for a further nine. Gregorian is on the Advisory Board of USC Center on Public Diplomacy and is a member of the editorial board of the Encyclopædia Britannica. Tabriz City Hall, built in 1895, by Arfaol molk, with the aid of German engineers. ... The National Humanities Medal honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nationâs understanding of the humanities, broadened citizensâ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americansâ access to important resources in the humanities. ... The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States. ... New York Public Library, central block, built 1897â1911, CarrÃ¨re and Hastings, architects (June 2003) The New York Public Library (NYPL), one of three public library systems serving New York City, is one of the leading libraries in the United States. ... Brown University is an Ivy League university located in Providence, Rhode Island. ... The University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy is a joint academic research, teaching and training center created and run jointly by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences School of International Relations. ... 1913 advertisement for the 11th edition, with the slogan When in doubt â look it up in the EncyclopÃ¦dia Britannica The EncyclopÃ¦dia Britannica (properly spelt with Ã¦, the ae-ligature) is the oldest English-language general encyclopedia, first published in 1768â1771 as From the late 18th century to the...
VartanGregorian: Andrew Carnegie, the founder of Carnegie Corporation of New York—as well as more than 20 other nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad—was dedicated to the idea that libraries, by providing access to knowledge and education to everyone, rich, poor or in-between, were the foundation blocks of a democratic society.
VartanGregorian: In terms of fundraising, when I was at the New York Public Library we could invoke the fact that you could not imagine New York City without the New York Public Library.
VartanGregorian: From their very beginning, the conception of public libraries was based on the belief that libraries, while free, are not really so.
VartanGregorian is a phenomenon rare as a live dodo bird.
Gregorian was a popular, humorous speaker and beneficiary of a fund the Stanford chaplain used to arrange dates for girls who could not get any.
Soon, Gregorian was swimming in the academic politics at the University of Texas, where Dean John Silber, President Norman Hackerman, Chancellor Harry Ransom, and Board Chairman Frank Erwin, administrators, faculty, and students contended for power.
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