As I said in my last post, I knew a movie about the Wrecking Crew was in the works, as I had learned that from Ken Weiss who used to teach with me at UNC and is part of the whole history of pop music and session musicians himself. The circle is now complete.  We […]

If you love the history of American pop music, it is hard to top the sheer drama, joy, and tear-jerking exuberance of Darlene Love’s final performance of “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” on David Letterman.  For the people who just happened to be watching the show and didn’t know all of the deep history, the […]

Yesterday, I had the privilege of participating in the installation of Laurie Maffly-Kipp as the Archer Alexander professor.  Laurie and I have worked together for many years, as we were both at UNC before coming to Wash U. I got to read the story of Archer Alexander, which is truly inspirational.  Here’s the story: Remarks […]

Yesterday, I had the honor of being installed as the Rita Levi-Montalcini Distinguished University Professor.  Dr. Levi-Montalcini was an inspirational figure to say the least.  Below is the text of my address. Thanks to everyone who has welcomed us to Washington University.  It is an honor to be your provost. Back to the Future:  Accomplishment and […]

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 […]


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