Riding for Pelotonia is an amazing experience, and one of the things I enjoy about cycling is the opportunity to let my mind wander.
We are at a cultural moment when the value of liberal arts education is being questioned; where access and opportunity for education is being denied to talented young people; when the value of both evidence-based scientific thinking and the beauty of poetry are being questioned. We have an obligation to create opportunity for talented, deserving students, and advocate for the greater value of liberal education.
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.