Geoffrey Harpham, Director, National Humanities Center
Geoffrey Harpham, President and Director of the National Humanities Center, is a historian of and an advocate for the humanities. His scholarship also focuses on the role of ethics in literary study, the work of Joseph Conrad, and the place of language in intellectual history. Dr. Harpham’s publications include One of Us: The Mastery of Joseph Conrad; Shadows of Ethics: Criticism and the Just Society; and The Humanities and the Dream of America. Dr. Harpham has also collaborated with M. H. Abrams on A Glossary of Literary Terms. He has received fellowships from the J. S. Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Under his leadership, the National Humanities Center has sponsored initiatives that have encouraged dialogue between the humanities and the natural and social sciences.