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The Inauguration of Clayton Rose: Leaders to Discuss the Power of the Liberal Arts Oct. 16 Archives

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The president emerita of the University of Chicago. A former U.S. Senate Majority leader. A Fortune 500 company CEO. Other leaders from the worlds of higher education, public health and design.

They are part of “The Power of the Liberal Arts,” a symposium that is prelude to the inauguration of Clayton S. Rose as the 15th president of Bowdoin College, convenes a roster of thought leaders for two panel discussions to be held 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall, Friday, October 16, 2015.

Keynote Address:

The program begins with a keynote address by Hanna Holborn Gray, president emerita at the University of Chicago. Dr. Gray is a historian with special interests in the history of humanism, political and historical thought, church history, and politics in the Renaissance and the Reformation. Born in Heidelberg, Germany, she earned her bachelor’s degree at Bryn Mawr College in 1950 and, after holding a Fulbright scholarship at Oxford, her Ph.D. in history at Harvard University in 1957.

Panel 1: Yes, It Still Matters: Why and How We Teach the Liberal Arts

Moderated by Jennifer Scanlon, Interim Dean for Academic Affairs and William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Bowdoin College


  • William Adams, chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities, and president emeritus, Colby College
  • Camille Charles, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Social Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
  • Adam Weinberg ’87, president of Denison University
  • Mary Lou Zeeman, R. Wells Johnson Professor of Mathematics, Bowdoin College

Panel 2: Making a Living and Making a Life: The Liberal Arts in Commerce and Citizenship

Moderated by Andy Serwer ’81, journalist and editor-in-chief of Yahoo Finance


The symposium will be streamed live at