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Recent Notable Speeches

President Oxtoby discusses sustainability efforts at Pomona College on "Local Edition." January 5, 2015.

Enjoy a Daring Dialogue between acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (“Americanah,” “Half of a Yellow Sun”) and President David Oxtoby. October 1, 2014.

Enjoy a conversation on "The Future of the Liberal Arts" between Pomona College President David Oxtoby and Bard College President Leon Botstein. April 3, 2014.

Presidential Inauguration of Kimberly Wright Cassidy
Bryn Mawr College, September 20, 2014

“From different quarters, we have heard the suggestion, that our colleges must be new-modelled; that they are not adapted to the spirit and wants of the age; that they will soon be deserted, unless they are better accommodated to the business character of the nation.” Read entire speech [pdf]

Chaos and Creativity: Liberal Education for the 21st Century" 
Colby College Bicentennial, April 8, 2013

"Yet the important problems we face today – from poverty to climate change to religious tolerance – are so complex and far reaching that solving them requires contributions from many fields.  Synthesis is not simply desirable in this situation; it is essential.  Many breakthroughs in research, whether in the sciences or the humanities, involve bringing ideas from one area to bear in another, apparently unrelated, area and reaching a true synthesis." Read entire speech [pdf]

"Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges in Our Teaching"
The Future of the Liberal Arts College in America and its Leadership Role in Education Around the World, Lafayette College, April 9-11, 2012 

"One of the core purposes of liberal education is to encourage the development of creativity in our students, which will serve them throughout their lives and their careers. This is done not by specifically teaching courses on "creativity," "entrepreneurship," or “leadership,” but by encouraging all students to develop their creative faculties through a range of courses outside their own zones of comfort. I have argued elsewhere for the importance of integrating the creative and performing arts more centrally into the curriculum, and for the value of creativity and experiential or “embodied” learning to a liberal education. Going even further, I would venture that a visible and robust arts program can be a bridge that connects disciplines in a meaningful way, through thematic and practical experience in (art) making, design, conceptualization, and performance." Read entire speech [pdf]  

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