Dr. Harry Lewis

Harry Lewis, the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, is the author of numerous books and articles, including his celebrated book on higher education, "Excellence Without a Soul: Does Liberal Education Have a Future?" A member of the Harvard faculty since 1974 and as the former Dean of Harvard College, he has helped launch thousands of Harvard undergraduates, including both Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, into careers in computer science. With “Reinventing the Classroom, Rethinking Education,” Lewis will explore the movement of information online and how it challenges the old rule of the lecture hall as the place where information from the professor is passed on to the students, while also exploring the emergence of mass online education and rethinking how faculty use classroom time. He argues that the real purpose of undergraduate education was never about the mere information transfer in the first place.