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Beverly Daniel Tatum

In a presentation co-sponsored by Re:Thinking Education and the African/African-American Studies Program, Dr. Tatum will address issues of race, diversity, and the liberal arts.

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Eboo Patel

Dr. Patel's presentation will discuss the issues he raises in his new book, Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, namely, the necessity for students to engage a world of increasing pluralism productively, responsibly, and successfully.

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Tobias Wolff

The first book in Re:Thinking Education's Book Club is Wolff's 2003 novel, Old School, a story about a student in an elite boarding school in the 1960s. Old School raises questions about the role of education, in general, and issues of identity, class, and privilege, in particular. Wolff is scheduled to visit campus on September 20, 2012.

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Andrew Delbanco

Author of College, What It Was, Is, and Should Be, the second selection in the Re:Thinking Education Book Club, Andrew Delbanco will address how the ideas in his book connect to a school like Wofford College.

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Bernie Dunlap

During his opening convocation address, President Dunlap will publicly and officially inaugurate Re:Thinking Education, Wofford's yearlong conversation about the liberal arts, higher education, and Wofford College.

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Christine Dinkins

"The Value of a Face-to-Face Education: The lived experience of teaching and learning on a liberal arts campus"

Dinkins will present the findings of her Fall 2012 research as a fellow in Wofford’s Center for Innovation and Learning. Her research aimed to articulate the value of in-person interactions in the education of Wofford students.

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Laura Barbas Rhoden

"Optimize This, or Can the Corporate and Academic Discourses Talk to Each Other?"

Dr. Barbas Rhoden will lead a conversation about the corporate influences in higher education. What do we mean when we talk about the “corporate” and the “academic”?

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David Warren

President of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and one of the nation's most influential leaders in higher education, Dr. Warren will provide an autobiographical account of the power of the liberal arts to shape a meaningful life.

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John Kuykendall, Robert Knott, and Charlie Reed

"Back to the Future: the Radical Liberal Arts College: An informal discussion with three distinguished educators"

The ex-President of Davidson College, the ex-President of Catawba College and Tusculum College, and a retired distinguished Professor at Queens University of Charlotte will host an informal discussion about the present state of affairs and possible future of the liberal arts college. Kuykendall, Knott, and Reed will address the Wofford's Board of Trustees in a special morning session of the Board meeting on campus.

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Matt Cathey

"Symmetry: How the Mathematics of Beauty Illuminates the Beauty of Mathematics"

By highlighting the deep connection between visual perception and mathematics, Dr. Cathey will discuss how the study of purely mathematical constructs can have interesting effects in other (sometimes surprising) disciplines.

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Byron McCane

"What I Found Today: Readings from an Archaeologist’s Personal Journals"

This talk will consist of readings from (and discussions of) selected entries from the journal entries Prof. McCane has written during his 20 years of archaeological expeditions in Israel and Jordan. Prof. McCane will reflect on the scientific, social, and humanistic dimensions of excavation and experience in that land.

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Phillip Swicegood

"How the Liberal Arts Enhances an Investment Strategy"

Bridging off of the amazing investment performance of Wofford’s Student Managed Investment Fund, we’ll discuss how broad thinking that taps into multiple disciplines enhances the development and execution of a superior investment strategy.

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Lloyd C. Gardner

“The Imperial President”

How can we best understand the complex global challenges that both shape and reflect American foreign policy? And how can this understanding be helped by an historical awareness of the development of “an imperial presidency”?

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Rabbi Judith Schindler

“On Being a Jew in the South”

Southern Jews live in a different environment than Northern Jews. In the North, there are large self-contained communities in which Jews maintain a cultural identity and in some localized communities they are even a majority. In the South, it is a different climate for Jews. Their communities are primarily Christian and Jews always are in a minority here. In this changed context, what does it mean to be a Jew in the South?

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