Category Archives: Mission

Naming on Campus

December 2, 2016 At Earlham, a prominent building is called Carpenter Hall, but almost no one remembers who Carpenter was. And that’s so for most buildings on campuses all across the United States.  But sometimes it does matter, as it does … Continue reading

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Nelson’s Baccalaureate Speech

May 18, 2015 “I hope you will take at least three lessons from what I’ve said today. First, affirm yourself and feel the goodness in your heart. Second, respect and love others, especially those you think do not deserve it. … Continue reading

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What Is the Purpose of a College Education?

March 3, 2015 An arresting sentence in David Brooks’s column this in the NYT this morning on Leaving and Cleaving: …to be around college students these days is to observe how many parents have failed to successfully start their their … Continue reading

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Protests Over Commencement Speakers

May 14, 2014 Christine Lagarde (IMF Chief) has withdrawn as Smith’s commencement speaker, Condoleeza Rice (W’s Secretary of State) has withdrawn as Rutgers’s speaker, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (women’s rights activist and critic of Islam) had her invitation to speak … Continue reading

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Constraints on Leadership: Missions, Roles and Values

April 3, 2014 “We must not suppose that those in authority are unaware …, but we must recognize that their liberty of action is often circumscribed by the nature of their office: the powerful are not necessarily free.” That quotation … Continue reading

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Unwinding

January 2, 2014 “Throughout the meal the two subjects remained the same: the superiority of entrepreneurs and the worthlessness of higher education.” from George Packer, The Unwinding (New York: Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2013), p 397. The conversation being reported … Continue reading

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The Heart and Soul of a School

October 28, 2103 From the final report of visiting committee to Germantown Friends School with regard to its re-accreditation by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools: The classroom is the heart and soul of Germantown Friends School, a place where … Continue reading

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