Letter from the Chair, January 2021

I hope that all of you are safe and healthy, wherever you may be. During a difficult and tumultuous time, it’s great to connect with our alumni.

With classes finished for fall 2020, I want to give you a snapshot of life on campus as well as the virtual spaces where so much of college life is occurring this year.

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Kevin Butterfield (PhD, '10)

"It's really an honor to be here every day and to know that I’m just steps away from the mansion itself, from Mount Vernon, which was the first White House of the United States."

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Yael Fuchs (AB, '98)

Big picture, my time at WashU helped teach me how to think. It may be a cliché but it's a true one. My time as a history major taught me to think about the forces that shape our society, and to think critically and skeptically about any fixed self-perception we may have as a society.

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Dennis Openlander (AB, '06)

Ultimately my college education and life experiences taught me to genuinely question everything. I think it helped me to go deeper for the real source of information and ideas, and then challenge those sources of information.

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Georgina Glogovac (AB, '14)

By participating in discussions with people that had differing opinions, I learned how to listen to others, see multiple sides to an argument, and articulate my own position on a subject. These skills have come in handy both when trying to understand medical decisions from a patient's perspective and when making decisions with medical colleagues.

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In the Media

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Juneteenth: America remembers the abolition of slavery

Sowande' Mustakeem St. Louis Public Radio

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These Washington University faculty had rejected online classes — until coronavirus. Here’s how they made the switch.

Peter Kastor The Washington Post

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The need for Black history on the syllabus

Douglas Flowe OXY Media

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