It is often the nature of my work to look ahead: from welcoming the newest class of Liberal Studies freshmen, to anticipating the skills our graduates will need for successful futures. But recently a former student, Graham, contacted me, and that led me to reminisce about my ten years as dean of Liberal Studies.
Graham was a member of the Dean’s Circle, before graduating from NYU with high honors (CAS ’08), followed by Fordham Law (’13). In 2006, the Dean’s Circle traveled to Spain, where 35 students and I toured Madrid, Cordoba, and Granada to see first-hand the great works and ancient architecture of Spain that we had studied in our core curriculum. Graham reached out to me just after the wedding of two of his friends, Diana and Jose, who also are Dean’s Circle alumni. Graham had met both the bride and groom on that trip to Spain, where incidentally, the bride and groom also had met one another for the first time.
Eight years later, all three are lawyers, and the wedding celebration was attended by still more Dean’s Circle alumni as guests. It pleases me greatly to witness that the Liberal Studies traditions of community and co-curricular learning foster not only rich educational opportunities, but also unmatched bonding experiences. These values remain at the center of the Liberal Studies experience, and our commitment to them will never be diminished.