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Harry Lewis is Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He served as Dean of Harvard College from 1995-2003. He holds A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard, all in Applied Mathematics.

Professor Lewis is the author of numerous books and articles on theoretical computer science, on the explosion of digital information, and on the history and future of higher education. His recent books include Excellence Without a Soul: Does Liberal Education Have a Future? (2006); Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion (2008, co-authored with Hal Abelson and Ken Ledeen); and What Is College For? The Public Purpose of Higher Education (2011, co-authored with Ellen Condliffe Lagemann).

Professor Lewis has helped launch thousands of Harvard undergraduates into careers in computer science. His former students include dozens of today’s computer science professors and many successful entrepreneurs, including both Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.




Publications

Jun 16, 2008

Blown to Bits

Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion

Is this utopia? Or the dawning of a 1984/Brave New World horror world? Whatever you call it, it’s happening. What kind of world are we creating? What will it be like to live there… More


News

Feb 15, 2011

Questions for Secretary Clinton concerning "Internet freedom"

Faculty associate Matthew Hindman provoked an energetic email exchange among members of the extended Berkman Center community today, in anticipation of Secretary Clinton's … More

Oct 2, 2008

Berkman fall events continue: two special events next week

Next Tuesday we're hosting a book party for "Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness after the Digital Explosion," with the book's three authors, and, on Thursday, a… More


Events

Dec 5, 2011 @ 6:00 PM

The Fate of Civic Education in a Connected World

A "Fred Friendly" Seminar

Civic education is the cultivation of knowledge and traits that sustain democratic self-governance. The broad agreement that civic education is important disintegrates under close… More

Oct 7, 2008 @ 7:00 PM

Blown to Bits Book Release

Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, and Harry Lewis

The Berkman Center celebrated the release of Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness after the Digital Explosion with all three authors, Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, and… More

Jun 18, 2008 @ 7:00 PM

Book Launch: Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion

Berkman Fellow Harry Lewis, Hal Abelson, and Ken Ledeen

Berkman Fellow Harry Lewis, Hal Abelson, and Ken Ledeen launched their book, Blown to Bits, in Harvard Square, Cambridge. More