Jonathan Fanton, FDR Visiting Fellow and Interim Director of Roosevelt House, continues his series of conversations with fascinating public figures with educator, researcher, author, and public intellectual Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, MacArthur prize-winning sociologist and Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard University.
Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard University
Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, a MacArthur prize-winning sociologist, is the Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard University, where she has been on the faculty since 1972. An educator, researcher, author, and public intellectual, Lawrence-Lightfoot has written ten books, including including Balm in Gilead, The Third Chapter and her most recent work, Exit: The Endings that Set Us Free.
Lawrence-Lightfoot is a member of numerous professional and scholarly committees and boards of directors including: The American Philosophical Society, The National Academy of Education, Bright Horizons, The Coalition of Educational Success, WGBH Educational Foundation, The Berklee College of Music, and the Atlantic Philanthropies where she is Deputy Chair. Lawrence-Lightfoot has been a Fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. In 1984, she was the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Prize, and in 1993 she was awarded Harvard's George Ledlie Prize given for research that makes the "most valuable contribution to science" and "the benefit of mankind." In 1995, she became a Spencer Senior Scholar; and in 2008, she was named the Margaret Mead Fellow by the Academy of Political and Social Sciences. Lawrence-Lightfoot has been the recipient of 28 honorary degrees from colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
In 1993, the Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Chair, an endowed professorship, was established at Swarthmore College and, in 1998, she was the recipient of the Emily Hargroves Fisher Endowed Chair at Harvard University, which upon her retirement will become the Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Endowed Chair, making her the first African American woman in Harvard's history to have an endowed professorship named in her honor.
Jonathan Fanton FDR Visiting Fellow and Interim Director, Roosevelt House
Jonathan Fanton is a Franklin D. Roosevelt Visiting Fellow at Hunter College and was President of The MacArthur Foundation from 1999-2009. Mr. Fanton holds a Ph.D in American History from Yale University where he taught and was Chief of Staff to President Kingman Brewster. He was Vice President of Planning at The University of Chicago and for 17 years was President of The New School for Social Research.
He is author of Foundations and Civil Society, Volume I and II (2008), and The University and Civil Society, Volume I and II (1995, 2002).