Chancellor to Reflect on State of Higher Education in American Experience Distinguished Lecture

Issue Date: 
March 17, 2014

The future prospects of higher education in the United States will be the focus of the next American Experience Distinguished Lecture at the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg will present “Higher Education in 21st-Century America: The Promise and the Pain” at 7:30 p.m. March 24 in Ballroom B of Pitt’s University Club.

Nordenberg’s lecture will be informed by his leadership at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has served in the role of chancellor since 1996, as well as by his extensive, broader leadership roles within the field of education. 

The American Experience Distinguished Lecture Series is cosponsored by the University Honors College and by the Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy. Thornburgh will introduce Chancellor Nordenberg at the lecture.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Because seating is limited, registration is required. Register online at

The late Pitt faculty member Robert G. Hazo created the American Experience program at Pitt more than 40 years ago to offer Pittsburghers the opportunity to gain insight into political and economic thought with the intent of enlightening the public’s political discourse. The program’s director is Edward L. McCord, who also is director of programming and special projects in Pitt’s University Honors College and director of the Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy.

Established in 2007, the Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy at the University of Pittsburgh fosters public education and civic action on important public policy issues, building on the legacy of Pitt alumnus and emeritus trustee Dick Thornburgh (LAW ’57), a two-term governor of Pennsylvania and U.S. Attorney General under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Among the forum’s goals are to promote able and principled governance at all levels, to advance the rule of law at home and abroad, and to assist the government’s response to the special needs of persons with disabilities, many of them wounded in service to their country.