Andrew Abbott, the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago, will deliver the 2017 John S. Nuveen Lecture.
Professor Abbott's major research interests lie in the sociology of occupations, professions, and work, the sociology of culture and knowledge, and social theory. Abbott also has longstanding interests in methods, heuristics, and the philosophy and practice of sociology.
He is the author of Digital Paper, a theoretically driven textbook for library and online research, Processual Sociology, a collection of published and unpublished work advancing Prof. Abbott's theoretical and normative agenda in that area, Chaos of Disciplines, an analysis of the evolution and development of the social sciences, and Varieties of Social Imagination, a set of review essays of mostly non-metropolitan social thought, written by "Barbara Celarent" (a pseudonym) and edited by Professor Abbott (all through The University of Chicago Press). Professor Abbott was editor of the American Journal of Sociology for fifteen years.
His current book project is on the future of knowledge, drawing on his papers on library research, research practice, libraries and publishing, humanistic knowledge, and teaching. He continues to work on his longtime book project in general social theory, setting forth a processual ontology of the social world.
An active teacher, Abbott has served on or chaired over 100 dissertation committees, and his students teach at universities and colleges throughout the United States, and in some cases, abroad. He has served his university as a department chair and a dean, and has also chaired its library board. President of the Social Science History Association in 2002/3, Abbott is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2011 received the degree of Docteur Honoris Causa from the Universite de Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines.
Professor Abbott was a 2017 recipient of the The Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Awards, believed to be the nation’s oldest prize for undergraduate teaching.
John S. Nuveen was one of Chicago’s most influential business leaders and an active civil and cultural leader with ties to many educational institutions. At the University of Chicago, he served as chairman of the University’s Alumni Association and as a trustee of the Baptist Theological Union, who established the Nuveen lecture in 1972 and manage an endowment that supports the University of Chicago Divinity School. Each year, a prominent member of the University's faculty is invited by the BTU and the Divinity School to deliver the lecture. Past lecturers have included Janet Rowley, Jonathan Lear, and Leon Kass.
This year’s lecture will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 4:30 pm in Swift Hall's third-floor Lecture Hall. This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
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