Remarks on the occasion of the Class of 2018’s graduation at Kenyon’s 190th Commencement.
The combination of rigorous work in STEM subjects with the rich context of a broader liberal arts education develops students’ ability to see complex issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
If we collectively commit to live lives with a generosity of spirit and a commitment to justice, the obstacles ahead will fall.
We do not have to choose between the right to have a voice and the right to belong in society, and any narrative that suggests that we do lacks imagination, courage or both.
Liberal arts education is rooted in preparation for citizenship; in the 21st century, we should aim toward a vision of inclusive citizenship, where everyone in the community shares equal rights to and responsibility for ensuring civility, respect for difference and a sense of belonging.