Student success is our duty, mission and calling

Sept. 11, 2019

To students, new and returning, I want to reiterate a key fact: We are glad you are here. Also, I want to emphasize an underlying truth: We want you to succeed.

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Will we stop the climate freight train?

June 25, 2019

I share the facts because I am a scientist; I take a stand because I am a parent and grandparent.

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Rejecting the stereotypical false choice in college

May 8, 2019

From the dean: Either/or choices are simple—too simple: Bach or rock? Beaches or mountains? Art or science? Job training or broad education? These are false choices.


The case for carpe diem

April 16, 2019

When choosing a course of study or changing a career, these are good reasons to be intrepid.


There is a bright future for history majors (and other liberal-arts alums)

Jan. 31, 2019

From the dean: Conventional wisdom about the liberal arts is wrong, but it has changed the face of higher education and will change the complexion of the workforce.

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Don’t let a myth steer your college career

Jan. 30, 2019

Conventional "wisdom" aside, there is a future for those who major in history, writes Interim Dean James W.C. White.


As she blazes trails, Rhodes Scholar leads and inspires

Dec. 4, 2018

Serene Singh aspires to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, and she has a resume, mind and heart that could drive her there.


The 'liberal arts': what that really means

Oct. 1, 2018

From the interim dean: Cicero called these disciplines liberalis ars, the liberal arts. The term is widely wielded and occasionally misunderstood.


In the College of Arts and Sciences, one constant is change

Sept. 26, 2018

James W.C. White, interim dean, sat down for a Q&A session about where the college has been, how it’s adapted to a rapidly evolving world, and how it’s preparing to help students meet the challenges of tomorrow, which will involve finding solutions to problems not yet known.


Making the case for diversity and inclusion

April 26, 2018

From the dean: Diversity and inclusion are not important just because they are useful. As I have tried to make clear, they are good because they are right.