Cambridge College announces the Inauguration of the Elizabeth J. McCormack Chair in the Humanities

Jul 03, 2014, 07:00 ET from Cambridge College

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On May 13, 2014, Cambridge College inaugurated Dr. Gitte Wernaa to the Elizabeth McCormack Chair in the Humanities. The inauguration was held at the College's main Cambridge campus located at 1000 Massachusetts Avenue. The Harvard University Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education Dr. Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot delivered the Keynote Address for the evening.  

A number of the College's donors, alumni, faculty, and staff attended the inauguration, including Dr. Elizabeth J. McCormack, for whom the Chair is named. During her inaugural address, "Our Stories, Ourselves," Dr. Wernaa described to the audience the importance of the inclusion of the Humanities in higher education and everyday learning.  

Recapping the event, Dr. Wernaa explained, "The Elizabeth McCormack Chair inauguration was a wonderful celebration of the vibrancy of our College's life, a vibrancy created by the synergy of all parts of the College engaging the evening's topic of story-telling, as expressed in the inaugural lectures title, Our Stories, Our Selves. Hearing students, alumni, Dr. Elizabeth McCormack, and guest-speaker Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot speak about the ways we use stories to create ourselves was truly inspiring. I was honored to deliver my lecture during the event, and look forward to serving as the Elizabeth McCormack Chair." 

The Elizabeth McCormack Chair in the Humanities was endowed in 2002 by the Trustees of Cambridge College and friends of McCormack, who has been involved with the College since 1986. McCormack spent much of her life dedicated to education and philanthropy. Throughout her career, she served as the long-time philanthropic advisor to the Rockefeller family and was the former President of Manhattanville College.   

Dr. Wernaa has been a Core Faculty member at Cambridge College since 2006, and is the second professor to hold the Chair.  

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