By Holden Thorp and Buck Goldstein Greta Gerwig’s sensational new coming-of-age film, Lady Bird, has received deserved critical acclaim for its depiction of the relationships and pressures faced by the title character as she struggles through Catholic high school and on to college. In addition to being a tour de force of family and peer dynamics, […]

I had the privilege of speaking at the installation of Tim Cloyd who is an old friend of mine and now the president of Drury University in Springfield, MO. Like all installations, it was a great and joyous day for Drury and Tim and his family. Here are my remarks: Chairman Reed, Trustees, Students, Faculty, […]

I’m very proud to be able to support the Prison Education Program at WashU.  The program is conducted at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center and provides liberal arts education to the inmates.  These programs have been shown to have a very positive effect on recidivism. The program leaders asked me to speak at the convocation, […]

Today I had the privilege of giving the Cum Laude address at Episcopal High School where our daughter is a senior. It was the second time I had the chance to give the talk. It is a great event with lots of excitement for the students who are inducted. I chose High School Musical as […]

Today, I had the honor of giving the remarks at the dedication of Rita Levi-Montalcini’s star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.  Joe Edwards presided and there was a dixieland band.  They played St. Louis Blues just before the ceremony.  It was a blustery spring day in our city, but there was still a good […]

Colleagues: As our community absorbs the results of the election, I am awed by our calling as educators and scholars.  Many of our students are fearful of what the future holds while also struggling with the immediate effects of the rhetoric and painful events of the campaign.  We also have students who are excited about […]

Chris Newfield, a leading scholar in university studies, will be giving the McLeod lecture later this month.  Here’s a post I wrote for the humanities center in preparation for his visit.  Looking forward to hearing from Chris about all of these important issues.