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What Happened to the Future? Lessons from Ancient Athens

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Uploaded on Apr 8, 2011

Presented by: W. Robert Connor, two events 3/22/11, 7PM & 3/23/11, 1PM - Provide by GVSU's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and the Department of Classics.

W. Robert Connor came to the New York-based Teagle Foundation as its president in early 2003, re-affirming the Foundation's long-standing commitment to higher education, and re-focusing it on improving student learning in the liberal arts and sciences. His belief that such learning can--and must--be brought to a much higher level is reflected in the Foundation's grant initiatives in Value-Added Assessment, Fresh Thinking for Liberal Education, Big Questions of Meaning and Value, and College-Community Connections. (These programs are described on the Foundation's website www.teagle.org, which is designed to provide ideas and know-how about strengthening liberal education, as well as to offer information about the Foundation's grantmaking.)

Bob retired as president of the Foundation at the end of 2009, but continues to serve as its senior advisor.

Bob was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, graduated from Hamilton College, and after a stint in Oxford, received his PhD in Classics from Princeton in 1961. A few years later, he returned to Princeton, where he taught and administered until 1989, when he became the president and director of the National Humanities Center in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina. He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina with his Byzantinist wife, Carolyn Connor. He holds honorary degrees from several colleges and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

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