Monday, 21 May 2012
Greetings Upper School Community:
As we continue to move into the 2012 graduation season, here is an initial list of some well-known speakers, highlights from their comments, and the colleges at which they presented. More to follow.
Former New Orleanian and current Dean of Columbia University’ s School of Journalism, Nicholas Lemann pens a commentary in The New Yorker titled “The Cost Of College.”
How are members of Congress similar to middle school students? Recent analysis of the “level of sophistication in congressional speechmaking” indicates levels are dropping. How about modeling the importance of education in political rhetoric?
The Wall Street Journal article “Meet the Meeting Killers” presents good advice on how to battle the “meeting killers.” The cartoon depictions of the usual suspects are delightful.
From the Canary Islands, here is a story of preserving the whistling language of “el silbo;” delightfully musical to the ears.
If you seek some spirited discussion outside of the world of politics, Intelligence Squared hosted a controversial debate on the topic of banning college football, with a panel including Malcolm Gladwell and Buzz Bissinger.
And in passing news, Noble Fleming, renowned master tea taster for the Thomas J. Lipton Company, died in February at the age of 92. Let’s raise a cup to beloved “Toby.”
That’s all for now. As always, I appreciate your comments, suggestions, and support.
With sincere regards,
Sam WagnerHead of Upper School