1999 Convocation Address - The Short Course

September 6, 1999 Tom Gerety
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2000 Commencement Address - Ambition

179th Commencement May 21, 2000 Tom Gerety
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2000 Convocation Address - Addictions and Hypocrisies

Convocation Address September 4, 2000 Tom Gerety
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2001 Commencement Address - Generations

180th Commencement Address May 27, 2001 Tom Gerety
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2001 Convocation Address - Painted Bicycles

Convocation Address September 3, 2001 Tom Gerety
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2002 Commencement Address - Patriotisms

181st Commencement Address May 26, 2002 Tom Gerety
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Socrates Citizen

182nd Commencement Address May 25, 2003 Tom Gerety Years ago, when I was in high school in France, I read some Plato and came under the spell of Socrates. I count it as my beginning in the liberal arts. We know there is no endpoint to inquiry or discussion, but still there are markers along the way. You pass one today, and so do I. I return to Socrates as you and I finish up our work together at Amherst.
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1997 Commencement Address—Heraclitus at Amherst

May 25, 1997
Tom Gerety

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2002 Convocation Address—Lear’s Wisdom

Convocation Address
September 2, 2002
Tom Gerety

In the last few weeks I have been reading and rereading King Lear, my favorite Shakespeare play since I was in college. It may be that I have been drawn back to it because of its reverberations in our own era — an era, like Lear's, of rage and catastrophes; an era, too, with its bitter taste of tragic despair.

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Tom Gerety, President, 1994-2003

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