This post continues our month-long seminar about President Adam Falk’s Induction address.
Even if we’re confident in who we aspire to be and aware of the conflicts long embedded in that aspiration, we now find ourselves at a precise moment in the college’s history, in which we face particular challenges. What must we do to manifest the essence of Williams in this new century? Let me share three initial thoughts on this.
My thesis is that Falk and the Trustees decided a year ago to make Williams much more international than it is today, with a much higher percentage on non-US students than any elite college. Given that thesis, what sort of “initial thoughts” should I expect to read from him? Without reading ahead, what sort of thoughts would you predict he will offer?
Is there anyone here who hasn’t read ahead?
Let me– look, David. You’re making a guess that’s nothing but playing the odds. If one was to guess, and one was a hedge fund owner, one would choose your guess. It has nothing to do with what Falk is saying.
But why would one choose that option? What’s going on?
Once more, let’s go back to Falk:
we … find ourselves at a precise moment in the college’s history, in which we face particular challenges.
What is the nature of the moment we find ourselves in, of the challenges set before us, of the decisions to be made? That’s the question.