It has been quite some time since I’ve posted to this blog. April, May, and June have been busy months for Liberal Studies and for me as well. What have I been doing during these months?
April is the month when students all over the U.S. – and now, all over the world – consider their college offers of admission. I spoke at informational events for over 1000 prospective NYU students and their families on Washington Square, but I also traveled to similar events in Florence, Paris, and London.
In May, we celebrated the retirement of my dear friend and colleague, John Bell, one of the founders of the program in 1972, who has taught at NYU for 47 years. John was loved by generations of students, and one of the high points of his career (and mine) was his being award NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award five years ago. John’s retirement party also celebrated a beginning: his daughter will be a freshman in the Liberal Studies Core Program next fall.
May is also the month of Commencement, and we graduated the first class of Global Liberal Studies seniors. This remarkable group of eleven young men and women have leveraged their junior year experiences in residence at one of NYU’s global academic centers to begin exciting careers in business, the non-profit sector, and higher education at locations all over the globe, including London, Paris, Saigon, and, of course, New York.
Now, as the summer begins, I am inviting a number of my Liberal Studies faculty and staff colleagues, as well as several of our students and recent graduates, to post guest entries to this blog. Check again soon for the first guest’s contribution.