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Annenberg History Chair: Dr. Katz

SAS Dean Samuel H. Preston has announced that Dr. Michael Katz, Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History, has been named to an endowed chair, the Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professorship in History.

Dr. Katz received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1961, an M.A.T. from Harvard in 1962, and an Ed.D. from Harvard in 1966. He came to Penn as a full professor in 1978 and has previously held the Stanley I. Sheerr Term Chair in History. His teaching and research focus on American social history, including the history of education, the history of urban social and family structure, and the history of poverty and social welfare.

Before coming to Penn, he was a history professor at York University. He also was a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the University of Toronto. He has been a visiting associate professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center at Princeton, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study. At Penn, he has served as the director of the Urban Studies Program and has chaired the history department.

He has published extensively and has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. His most recent book is The Price of Citizenship: Redefining the American Welfare State (Metropolitan/Holt, 2001).

He is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, a fellowship from the Open Society Institute and research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institute on Education, and a number of foundations, and he has been elected to the National Academy of Education and the National Academy of Social Insurance. In 1999, he was selected as a Senior Scholar by the Spencer Foundation, a lifetime achievement award.

The Walter H. Annenberg Professorship in History was created by the Hon. Walter and the Hon. Leonore Annenberg. The Annenbergs, who are both emeritus trustees, are lifelong supporters of Penn and patrons of education across the United States. They have endowed many chairs in the School of Arts and Sciences and made countless contributions to the University, including the founding of the Annenberg School for Communication in 1958.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 5, September 25, 2001


September 25, 2001
Volume 48 Number 5

The School of Arts and Sciences names two faculty members to endowed chairs, Dr. Michael Katz from history and Dr. David Roos from biology
In the aftermath of the attacks, while the community has pondered and prayed, donated and discussed, consoled and counseled, hoped and helped, Penn websites have been created or expanded to provide immediate resources and up-to-date information.
The Penn Humanities Forum kicks off today with a lecture on Time.
The A-3 Assembly and PPSA join together to present an Employee Resource Fair this Friday in Perelman Quad.
Operation Brotherly Love gathers funds and goods for the victims of the recent tragedies.
The Trustees meet after a week's postponement and conclude their meeting with a moment of silence.
In light of the current crisis, the Military Leave Guidelines for faculty and staff as well as those for students are outlined.
The University Museum opens a new exhibit on Modern Mongolia with special events that coincide with Penn Family Day.