Hepburn Center lecture series by scientist/leaders continues Tuesday with Nancy Cantor

Posted February 23rd, 2009 at 2:36 pm.

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m., Syracuse University President and Chancellor Nancy Cantor will continue the Hepburn Center’s “Celebrating Women Scientists as University Presidents” lecture series. Cantor’s talk, titled “Women as Academic Leaders: Insiders with Outsider Values,” will take place in Wyndham Alumnae House’s Ely Room. It is free and open to the public.

Cantor is the 11th chancellor and president of Syracuse University, as well as distinguished professor of psychology and women’s studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. A native New Yorker, Cantor came to Syracuse from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was chancellor. After being chair of the department of psychology at Princeton, she became dean of the graduate school and then provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan. She received her A.B. in 1974 from Sarah Lawrence College and her Ph.D. in psychology in 1978 from Stanford University.

Cantor is recognized for her scholarly contributions to the understanding of how individuals perceive and think about their social worlds, pursue personal goals, and regulate their behavior to adapt to life’s most challenging social environments. She is co-author or co-editor of three books and author or co-author of numerous book chapters and scientific journal articles.

An advocate for racial justice and for diversity in higher education, Cantor has written and lectured widely on these subjects. At the University of Michigan she was closely involved in the university’s defense of affirmative action in the Grutter and Gratz cases, decided by the Supreme Court in 2003. Cantor has also lectured and written extensively on liberal education and the creative campus.

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