Juniata is a stimulating and vital community of scholars, an outstanding place to learn and to teach. The central purpose of Juniata Voices is to try to provide an annual review of the wide-ranging and diverse conversations that take place on our campus, and make this community what it is. Although cold print cannot reproduce the warm reality of a face to face discussion, it is basic to the liberal arts that a published piece of writing is not the end of a conversation, but the beginning of a new one. Thus we hope that these writings from 2001-02 will not be merely a fossil record of a year that is past, but will serve as a catalyst for further discussion, both here and elsewhere.
These works, with one exception, were presented or read on the Juniata campus during the past academic year, and we present them in the order in which they were given. Five are by members of the Juniata faculty, and three of these were presented as part of the "Bookend Seminar" series. The other two faculty pieces were presented as lectures by recipients of campus teaching awards, opening and closing our academic year. The rest of the works were presented by distinguished visitors to the campus. As an afterword, we include the 1999 commencement address in which distinguished alumnus William Phillips '70 pays tribute to the learning community that is Juniata College.
The 2001-02 academic year was overshadowed by the outrages of September 11, 2001. Many conversations not reported in this volume centered on those events and on our responses to them, as a campus community and as a country. At a time when uncertainty engendered fear and misinformation fed uncertainty, the Juniata community came together to investigate and to reflect. We practiced the principles of the liberal arts -- reflecting critically and thoughtfully about the world around us. That discussion is underrepresented here, but interested readers are encouraged to look at the published collection of speeches from the Bailey Oratorical contest, The Students of Juniata College: Our Reaction to September 11th, which gives an excellent insight into the students' reactions. Copies are available through the Juniata College Press. Here, we present a lecture by Dr. Heinz Kreft '80, who not only represents the liberal arts spirit of our conversations, but also personifies Juniata's commitment to helping students become fully engaged citizens of the world.
This is the second numbered volume of Juniata Voices yet it follows the first by some eight years. A few may have thought that it was destined to be the publishing version of Mel and Tim -- a "one-hit wonder."1 The hiatus can be attributed to the traditional enemies of the life of the mind: busyness and money (or lack thereof). Thanks to President Thomas Kepple and Provost James Lakso, we believe we have the second of these problems solved, for the time being at least. We cannot solve the problem of busyness, but we hope that Voices will help to mitigate its effects. Busyness causes tunnel vision -- each one of us involved in our own very particular pursuits. Ask anyone, "what happened on campus last year?" and few, probably, would be able to remember more than half of what was a very long list indeed -- more than seventy speakers alone, to say nothing of visiting artists, thespians, and musicians, or of exhibits, plays, and concerts. We hope Voices will serve as a way of jogging our collective memories, and as a way of reminding us to pause now and again to appreciate what a rich environment we enjoy at Juniata.
1 Mel and Tim's hit was "Backfield in Motion," in 1969, for trivia buffs and those too young to remember.