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 […]

A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to give a talk that I had given at UNC in the fall about the importance of the humanities.  The main point of my talk is that the humanities are rich and dynamic and that there are new theories and new texts to teach, study and […]

     This week, our faculty in Arts and Sciences voted to discontinue Semester Online (SON).  SON was a project to offer undergraduate courses to relatively small numbers of students using a sophisticated platform provided by the company 2U.  2U has successful professional degrees at a number of excellent universities, including Wash U, where we […]

We had a wonderful reception for Nancy Stuadt and Lee Epstein on Friday to welcome them both back to Wash U – Nancy as Cayne Professor and Dean of Law and Lee as Shepley University professor.  The picture above is me, Lee, Interim Dean Dan Keating, Nancy, and Chancellor Wrighton. These events are always joyful […]

As we’ve known for a while, the Cambridge Innovation Center is coming to St. Louis.  The CIC, whose tag line is ‘The Most Startups on the Planet’ is office space for startups on steroids. I had the opportunity to visit with Tim Rowe, the founder of CIC, on Tuesday.  He told me the whole story […]

Creating a robust culture for faculty startups is a topic that gets a lot of airtime at university trustee meetings, conversations between universities and local government, and the like.  There are a lot of strong opinions about how this should be done.  Buck and I wrote a lot about this in Engines, and I’ll be […]


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