Campus Introduction

January 3, 2013 - Lawrence Memorial Chapel

Terry Franke, Chair of the Lawrence Board of Trustees, introduced Mark Burstein to students, faculty and staff at the Lawrence Memorial Chapel on January 3, 2013. The convocation, which was webcast live, can be seen in it's entirety below.

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Note: President-elect Mark Burstein begins speaking at 20:00.

Introductory Video

A quick look at the people behind the decision and some words from our new President, Mark Burstein.

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Appearing in the video:

  • Jake Woodford '13
  • Stephanie Vrabek '80
  • Rosa Tapia
  • Terry Franke '68
  • Dale Schuh '70
  • Mark Burstein

The Ceremony

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9:30 a.m.
Memorial Chapel and Stansbury Theatre

  • Terry Franke ’68, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Lawrence University
  • Christine Jones Benedict ’99, President of the Alumni Association, Lawrence University
  • James Spofford Reeve, III, Class of 1995, Lawrence University
  • Nick Paulson ’14, President, Lawrence University Community Council
  • Tim Hanna, Mayor, City of Appleton
  • Shirley Tilghman, President Emerita and Professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
  • Catharine Bond Hill, President and Professor of Economics, Vassar College
  • Rosa Tapia, Associate Professor of Spanish, Lawrence University
  • Mark Burstein, President, Lawrence University

Inauguration Panel Discussions—Friday, October 25

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1:30 p.m. Civil Communities in an Age of Incivility--Music-Drama Center, Stansbury Theatre 

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As public discourse has become more fractious and combative in America and around the world, colleges and universities have found it difficult to create campus communities in which important issues that face society can be discussed from different viewpoints. This panel will consider the rise of incivility in public discourse and the roles colleges and universities could play in response.

  • Terry Moran ‘82 (moderator), Chief Foreign Correspondent, ABC News
  • Chris Abele ’94, Milwaukee County Executive
  • Christopher Eisgruber, President and Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University
  • William Plapinger, Chair of the Board, Vassar College and Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Claudena Skran, Professor of Government and Edwin and Ruth West Professor of Economics and Social Science, Lawrence University

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3:30 p.m. The Issue of Difference and the Liberal Arts--Music-Drama Center, Stansbury Theatre 

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Our communities and work places have become significantly more global and diverse. This panel will discuss whether it is the role of a liberal arts education to help prepare students for this aspect of their future lives. If this is an appropriate role, how can colleges and universities approach this challenge from a curricular and extracurricular perspective?

  • Jill Dolan—(moderator), Annan Professor in English, Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts and Program Director in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Princeton University
  • Dominica Chang, Associate Professor of French, Lawrence University
  • Peter Glick, Professor of Psychology and Henry Merritt Wriston Professor of the Social Sciences, Lawrence University
  • Harold Jordan ’72, Former Chair of the Board and Emeritus Trustee, Lawrence University
  • Terri Harris Reed, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, George Washington University