Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
James O. Freedman, president emeritus of Dartmouth College, will discuss "Great Teachers, Great Teaching" in the second MacVicar Day Lecture at 3pm on Friday, Feb. 5 in Bartos Theater (Building E15).
The 1998-99 Fellows will be announced by Provost Robert A. Brown at a luncheon preceding the lecture. The luncheon is hosted by President and Mrs. Charles M. Vest at the President's House.
Chancellor Lawrence S. Bacow will introduce Professor Freedman, who will speak for about 45 minutes. A panel discussion involving the MacVicar Fellows and undergraduate students will follow Professor Freedman's talk.
The fellowship program, created in 1991, honors Margaret MacVicar, former dean for undergraduate education, who died in 1991 at age 47. The purpose is to recognize and enhance outstanding contributions to undergraduate education at MIT. There are now 31 MacVicar Fellows.
Professor Freedman, a graduate of Harvard College, received the LLB from Yale Law School in 1962, after which he was law clerk to Judge Thurgood Marshall for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. From 1963-64 Professor Freedman was an associate in the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison.
From 1964-82 he was at the the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as dean during his last three years. Professor Freedman was president of the University of Iowa from 1982-87 and president of Dartmouth College from 1987-98.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 3, 1999.