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The surprising unity of all fields of human endeavor

In what is definitely a first for Bates College, and a rare occurrence for Liberal Arts schools in general, this year’s commencement speaker was a mathematician. We were incredibly lucky to have Manjul Bhargava, Fields Medalist and Princeton professor (and hopefully new friend), deliver … Continue reading

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One thing that you absolutely must do

Last weekend, I went to my fourth commencement at Bates (I missed it last year while I was on my pre-tenure sabbatical). I said farewell to many of my former students, some of whom did not remember me (I guess … Continue reading

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