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From the Dean's Desk

The Words of 2020

Posted on: Dec. 16, 2020

When I sat down to write this holiday message, I struggled at first. How could I convey hope and gratitude against the backdrop of this year’s unthinkable challenges? How would I find the right words, when so much had been “wrong?” 

Unmasking an Opportunity

Posted on: Aug. 26, 2020

From the swell of the pandemic to the roar of the Black Lives Matter movement, these past six months away from campus have afforded us a precious and historic opportunity to examine our individual vulnerabilities and responsibilities.

A Message to the A&S Community

Posted on: June 4, 2020

In his 1972 book No Name in the Street, the late author and activist James Baldwin wrote: “Well, if one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected – those, precisely, who need the law’s protection most! – and listens to their testimony.”

Illustration of a brain with monochrome left side surrounded by science icons , the right side in rainbow surrounded by arts icons.

Strong Signals

Posted on: April 30, 2020

As we wind down this unusual semester, I am heartened by the incredible work in A&S that continues in all our departments.

In this together

Posted on: March 26, 2020

The liberal arts give us timeless resources for coping in the forms of philosophy, literature, science, art, music, religion, and so much more.

Spring Break and Remote Instruction

Posted on: March 13, 2020

As we head into spring break and a period of remote instruction, I want to acknowledge the uncertainty that we collectively face —and offer you some reassurance.

Reconsidering "Undecided"

Posted on: Oct. 8, 2019

You’ve probably heard the expression “context is key.” One of my favorite examples concerns the word undecided.