Remarks on the occasion of the Class of 2019’s graduation at Kenyon’s 191st Commencement.
Posted in Liberal Arts
Observing a Kenyon English class held inside a medium-security prison deepened my appreciation of the power of a liberal arts education experience.
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.
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.