1907 - Jacques Martin Barzun was born on the 30th of November in Grenoble France.
1927 - Barzun was first in class of Columbia College and was a prize-winning member of the Philolexian Society, a Columbia debating club.
1932 - He obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia College.
1928-1955 - Professor of History and a founder of the discipline of cultural history.
1953-1974 - He wrote "God's Country and Mine: A Declaration of Love Spiced With a Few Harsh Words" (1953), "Energies of Art: Studies of Authors, Classic and Modern" (1956), "Music in American Life" (1956), "The House of Intellect" (1959), "Science: The Glorious Entertainment" 1964, "The American University: How It Runs, Where It Is Going" (1969), "The Use and Abuse of Art".
1937 - He wrote "Race: A Study in Modern Superstition".
1941 - Wrote the "Darwin, Marx, Wagner: Critique of a Heritage"(revised 1958).
1943 - "Romanticism and the Modern Ego"(revised as "Classic, Romantic and Modern".
1955- 1968 - Served as Dean of the Graduate School, Dean of Faculties, and Provost
1968-1975 - He was University Professor at Columbia.
1993 - Barzun has resided in San Antonio, Texas.
- The American Philosophical Society honors Barzun with its Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History.
1996 - Awarded by Edgar Allan Poe Award Ellery Queen Award. 2003 - He was the recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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