George Lewis (1952) is Professor of American music at Columbia University. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. Lewis’s other honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Doris Duke Artist Award. Lewis’s compositions have been presented worldwide, published by Edition Peters. A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians since 1971, his 2008 book, A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press) received the American Book Award. Lewis is the co-editor of the two-volume Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies (2016), holds honorary degrees from the University of Edinburgh, New College of Florida, and Harvard University, and is an Honorary Member of the American Musicological Society.