Opening Convocation 2003: "The Socratic Challenge"

President Anthony W. Marx addressed faculty, students and guests at Opening Convocation on Monday, Sept. 1, 2003. Read the full text of the speech.

Honorary M.A. degrees were awarded to three faculty members who recently reached the rank of full professor: Jyl Gentzler, professor of philosophy; Helen Oi-Lun Leung, professor of chemistry; and K. Uday Sinha Mehta, professor of political science.

Audio

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  1. "How do we ensure opportunity and diversity of students, of faculty and of ideas?" MP3 375k
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  2. "We cannot be then, and must not be separate from the world." MP3 365k
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  3. "We must resist narrow professionalization and commercialization. Students are not consumers." MP3 400k
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  4. "Are moral failures always the result of a lack of thinking?" MP3 480k
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  5. "...it is all the harder to remain true to our enlightenment ideals knowing that others may not remain true to them, and knowing that our remaining true is no guarantee of protection, or even of morality." MP3 475k
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