We had a blast at convocation.  Damari Crosswell brought the house down with his impression of Yoda saying, “Do or do not.  There is no try.”  Emma Tyler ushered in a great year as SU President.  Mike and Tana Powell spoke passionately to the parents. Lee Epstein gave the faculty talk.  It was a perfect […]

We’ve had an emotional few weeks in St. Louis.  The joy and promise of move-in alongside the tragedy and pain of Michael Brown’s death and the events in Ferguson. Really proud to work with the team that has helped shaped Wash U’s response.  Associate Provost Dedric Carter has been doing a lot of heavy lifting, but […]

Here’s the letter that went inside the copies of Covering that we sent to first-year students and session leaders: On behalf of the University’s Faculty and the 2014 First Year Reading Program, we welcome you to Washington University!  We’re very excited that you will soon be joining us, and we are busy preparing for your […]

Last week, we released the report of a study that I chaired for the National Resource Council on laboratory safety in chemical research. As the Vice Chair and I discuss in the preface, we took an unusual approach to this problem by combining experienced chemical researchers with experts on safety culture from other industries.  The thing that […]

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Ethical Society of St. Louis.  They allowed me to talk about college access and college costs, certainly something of wide interest today.  I had just seen the film “Ivory Tower,” which is critical of higher education in many ways and has produced a […]

Here’s my message that appears in WU’s orientation book: As the provost of Washington University, let me be one of the first to welcome you to St. Louis. “Great,” you think, “what is a provost?” The provost is the chief academic officer, so I’m responsible for all of the schools, classes, student life, research, and, […]

Last post covered a speech I gave at WU and UNC about the humanities and how we continue to stress that the modern humanities involve new texts and new theories.  Of course, part of this is applying these new theories and ideas to texts that have been studied for a long time. Last week, my […]


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