What Sawyer Said

Satyan Devadoss, Associate Professor of Mathematics

“A true liberal arts education equips us not only to understand mathematical form and structure but also to craft a thoughtful essay, to appreciate a performance or painting, to juggle molecules and matter and, dare I say, to compete on the athletic field.”

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William R. Darrow, Cluett Professor of Religion

“Today the curriculum has been thoroughly internationalized, almost 50 percent of undergraduates study abroad, international presence in the faculty has grown, and this year the international student population is 144.”

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Sarah R. Bolton, Dean of the College, Professor of Physics

“Williams holds a particular, privileged place in higher education. We must constantly improve equity of opportunity on three fronts—access, support for our students and engagement with the national context.”

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K. Scott Wong, James Phinney Baxter III Professor of History and Public Affairs

“It is remarkable that this conversation took place right before a watershed period in American history that would bring significant changes to our society, changes that are still unfolding today.”

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Will Dudley ’89, Provost, Professor of Philosophy

“Jack Sawyer remains exactly right about the purpose of a liberal arts education: We’re concerned with the growth of young men and women.”

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Denise Buell, Chair and Professor of Religion

“Being stretched to engage a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives enables liberal arts graduates to become more nuanced and effective in any profession they ultimately pursue.”

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Jim Kolesar ’72, Assistant to the President for Public Affairs

“Into our age, when the digital capture of people’s lives runs practically from birth canal to columbarium, drops this rare animation of a key figure in the college’s history. It’s fascinating. Reading Jack Sawyer’s often eloquent words is one thing; seeing him think out loud is another.”

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