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Thursday, September 22, 2016

State of the College 2016 - September 20

Thank you Tim. Thank you all for joining us this afternoon, and thank you to the CLA Assembly for hosting us. 

The State of the College address is our annual occasion for a review of the past year of activities in the College and a discussion of some priorities going forward. But before we get into those details, I’d like to talk about something that was on my mind this summer.

It’s something that speaks directly to the importance of our work when we pull ourselves back from the day-to-day business we must attend to.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Building compassion, imagination, and communities through the liberal arts

Remarks delivered to the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, University of Minnesota Board of Regents, September 8, 2016, panel on Developing and Preparing Students through a Liberal Education.

Chair Cohen, Vice Chair Rosha, Provost Hanson, and members of the Committee, I’m delighted to be with you today to share my thoughts on liberal education in general and the liberal arts specifically here at the University of Minnesota. Thank you.

Professor Leopold did an excellent job explaining what we mean by a liberal education and what we hope to achieve from it. The habits of mind he discusses are those we want to develop in all our students, regardless of major. I won’t repeat what he so effectively discussed about liberal education, but will focus my comments more specifically on the contribution of the liberal arts to this enterprise, both in serving CLA students and students from across the U.