Marlboro College is proud of its history of providing independent thinkers opportunities to broaden their intellectual horizons, so proud that it wants to share these opportunities beyond southern Vermont. For this reason, Marlboro has been taking members of the faculty on the road to new locations as a way to engage, connect, and share knowledge with a much broader community.
“We are doing this in the way we know best,” said Kathy Waters, alumni director, “introducing our faculty in small group settings, exploring together topics relevant to our world and our future.”
The first Marlboro on the Road event in September was in New York City, at the exquisite Grolier’s Club, and featured a lecture and audience engagement by philosophy and environmental studies professor William Edelglass (pictured, right). Titled “The Genealogy of Happiness,” William’s talk explored critical reflections on the origin and contemporary science of happiness.
“This was such a great vibe, with alumni, current students, prospective students, parents, and friends of the college all engaged in this thoughtful discussion,” said Kathy. “The way William listened and responded to the audience, with such respect and intellectual curiosity, was a microcosm of the Marlboro model.”
William’s talk was followed by informal discussion and a reception, including opportunities to converse with leaders of the college including President Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, Brigid Lawler, dean of admissions, and Sean Conley, associate dean of the graduate school. This event was generously sponsored by Marlboro College Trustee Ted Wendell.
The second event, titled “Bête comme un Peintre (Stupid like a Painter),” just took place on December 7 in Greenfield, Massachusetts, at Greenfield Community College’s Sloan Theater. Marlboro visual arts faculty Tim Segar (pictured, right) and Cathy Osman discussed how artists deal with the tension between art as a visual language versus art as another of the liberal arts ruled by the intellect. This event was generously sponsored by Trustee Karen Davis, and again offered a reception and opportunities to meet college leaders.
Marlboro on the Road events to look forward to include another in New York on January 15, this time at The Cutting Room, a music venue owned by actor and Marlboro alumnus Chris Noth. There film professor Jay Craven and two alumni in film will discuss “Outside Manhattan: John Dewey’s Case for Intensive Learning and Cultural Cinema.” This will be followed by events in Boston and in Washington D.C. in the spring. If you are interested in attending any of these events, contact Kathy Waters.