By Richard C. Levin
From the vantage aspect of the president's workplace, this is often an inspiring view of the demanding situations and duties of a very good college. This selection of speeches and essays, released at the celebration of Richard Levin's 10th anniversary as president of Yale collage, displays either the diversity of his highbrow passions and the intensity of his perception into the paintings of the college. through turns analytical, reflective and exhortatory, Levin explores what it capacity to be a world-class collage, how the college intersects with neighborhood and international groups, and why a liberal schooling concerns. He bargains own memories of faculties, academics and traditions of specific significance in his personal existence. And, returning to his roots as a professor of economics, he discusses the competitiveness of yank and the family among the marketplace economic system and American democracy. all through those writings Levin goals to light up and encourage. consistently his affection for the college shines via. no matter if greeting incoming inexperienced persons, meditating on September eleven, remembering an highbrow hero, saluting graduating seniors, addressing the League of girls citizens, or celebrating Yale's Tercentennial, Levin, by way of instance, seeks to teach what a liberal schooling can in attaining.
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Welcome to this serious place. May you thrive here, and may this place enrich the rest of your lives. A Serious Place 31 Preparing for a New Millennium Y ou are the fourth incoming class that Dean Brodhead and I have had the pleasure of greeting. I join him in welcoming you to Yale College and in welcoming to the Yale family the parents, relatives, and friends who have accompanied you. In previous years, Dean Brodhead and I have conspired successfully to differentiate the subjects addressed in our welcoming remarks.
Preparing for a New Millennium 37 Discovery I am going to begin with a confession. This summer I got very excited about the Pathfinder mission to Mars. Perhaps it was nostalgia. I was about your age when the Apollo spaceships started circling the moon, and only a little older when astronauts first walked on the lunar surface. The miniature robot Sojourner intensified my yearning for lost youth. It looked to me like something constructed by merging my old Erector set with my children’s Legos. I was captivated by the photographs.
Even without canals and anthropomorphic aliens, Mars turns out to be as strange as we ever imagined and even more beautiful. Humanity is entering a new Age of Discovery. In the next third of a century we will doubtless learn as much, and probably much more, about our neighboring planets than we learned about Earth in the comparable span of years between Columbus’ first voyage and Freshman Address, August 30, 1997 38 Magellan’s last. I could go on to say more about how interplanetary exploration might expand our knowledge, our material well-being, and our collective imagination.