David C. Hsiung
This commencement address asks the Class of 2002 to consider the good fortune and the setbacks they have experienced, and the degree to which any of this may be deserved. In the end, they are asked to consider the French essayist Montaigne’s advice that their “great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately."
Is learning purely an intellectual exercise of the mind? What if we imagine a whole body approach to education? Professor Belser argues that our bodies are rich sources of memory, awareness, and intuition - all critical pieces of a wholly educated person.
Donald M. Braxton
Braxton argues in this piece that religion can erupt in violence when its plausibility is threatened on one of two important fronts: either it fails to provide a sense of personal well-being for the believer; or it fails to secure social coherence. With regard to the former criterion, Braxton explores the salience of mortality for the eruption of violence. For the latter, he looks at the impact of cultural pluralism in an interconnected global setting. Both examples are explored through various historic examples, especially the attack upon the World Trade Center.
Guardans, a member of Spain’s Parliament, argues that in the months following September 11, the US embarked on a unilateral and fear-driven foreign policy that strained relations with NATO allies when a multilateral approach would have kept trans-Atlantic good will stronger and made it easier to achieve US goals in world.
Desmond Waithe and Frank C. Worrell
Trinidad-based composer Waithe and Berkeley Psychology professor Worrell explain the origins of the steel-pan instrument with the island oil industry, the emergence of steel-pan bands and the adoption of the instrument and calypso music beyond the Caribbean.
Ryan D. Mathur '97
Understanding how ore deposits form in the earths’ crust has both academic and industrial applications. Geologists use various geophysical and geochemical techniques to highlight the earth processes that resulted in creation of these ore deposits. This piece explains how a radiogenic isotope pair (Re-Os) and two stable isotopes (63Cu and 65Cu) can be used to provide insight into the high and low temperature aqueous water-rock interactions that lead to the creation of a specific type of ore deposit (porphyry copper deposits).
Ambassador Edward S. Walker, Jr.
The former ambassador to Israel and Egypt in this prescient speech delivered the night President Bush committed the US to topple Saddam Hussein dealt with the past present and future of Iraq. He traces the history of US - Hussein regime relations, underscored the diplomatic failures of the Bush administration in preparing for war and suggested that the post-Hussein Iraq could be a public relations, humanitarian and foreign policy step-back for US and the Middle East.
California Rural Housing expert Wiener provides a survey of rural housing trends, federal programs and paths for improving rural shelter poverty.
Broadening Horizons: The Role of Bricks and Mortar Institutions in Building Web-based Infrastructure
Cynthia Merriwether-de Vries
This lecture considers the ever-shifting education techniques involving technology inside and outside the college classroom setting. In particular, the role of the innovative NITLE (National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education) program is described.
Alexander T. McBride
This address to the Awards Convocation asks the students of Juniata College to become proactive in developing their ability to influence the aesthetic attitudes of their respective communities by deliberately bringing more aesthetic experiences into their daily lives. It also argues that the arts are relevant to forming a clearer view of the world’s experiences and are central to contributing creatively to the solution of problems.
Afterward: Bruce Davis '65
Davis, the Executive Director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, advises graduates to be flexible, exercise their values and “go through life like a liberally educated woman or man.