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Dr. Lawrence M. Schall
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Dr. Lawrence M. Schall is president of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and has earned doctoral degrees in law and education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Early in his career, Schall practiced civil rights law in Philadelphia. He currently serves on the boards of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), the Lovett School, and is Chair of the Board of The East Lake Foundation. Dr. Schall was the author of an open letter by College Presidents for Gun Safety, signed by over 300 college and university presidents.

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Before It's Too Late

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 10:02 AM

An eyewitness account from The Manchester Guardian, March 1, 1921.

Disorders of some kind were evidently expected today, for pickets of security police were stationed at frequent intervals around the Reichstag and along the several main thoroughfares this morning. Towards noon a number of young men collected...

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College Campuses and Race

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 8:33 AM

In the wake of the rallies and protests at the University Missouri that led to the resignation of the President as well as the Chancellor of the state higher education system, there have been dozens, if not hundreds, of rallies and protests on college campuses across the country. Some of...

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A College President Goes Uber

(3) Comments | Posted July 5, 2015 | 3:50 PM

Back in the early 1970's, John Coleman was the President of Haverford College, a close neighbor of my alma mater, Swarthmore College. During his vacations, President Coleman often worked as a laborer, short order cook, or dishwasher. My favorite stories were about his service as a garbageman. This college CEO...

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Uber from the Driver's Seat

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 2:43 PM

Back in the early 1970's when I was in college, John Coleman was the President of Haverford College, a close neighbor of my alma mater, Swarthmore College. During his vacations, President Coleman often worked as a laborer, short order cook, or dishwasher. My favorite stories were about his service as...

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A Florist and a Butcher

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 6:28 PM

I was listening this weekend to NPR's show On the Media and heard this wonderful broadcast about the dying art of newspaper obituaries. The guest was Jim Sheeler, former obit writer for the Rocky Mountain News, which itself became a former newspaper in 2009. Sheeler is a great story teller...

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'Keep Alabama White' -- Really?

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 3:07 AM

On this Memorial Day weekend, rather than head off to Hilton Head Island as was the plan, my wife and I traveled due west from our home in Atlanta to the city of Birmingham, Alabama. I was privileged to be invited last week to a late afternoon lecture by Doug...

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To Pray or Not to Pray: Is That the Question?

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 12:27 PM

The Supreme Court is on a roll and not an especially good one in my opinion. (Note to reader: I hail from Philly, the home of really, really good rolls, so I know what I am taking about.)

Yesterday, by a 5-4 vote, the Justices allowed Christian prayer at...

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Is There Another Southern Narrative?

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 8:38 AM

I was born in New York City, raised in Delaware, and spent the majority of my adult life in eastern Pennsylvania. I've only lived in the South for a decade, and in Atlanta at that. This past week, among the news from my home state, was the new...

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Duck Dynasty in the Face of 12 Years a Slave

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 10:12 AM

The controversy over Phil Robertson's racist and homophobic comments is the stuff made for Entertainment Tonight and the 24-hour cable news networks. The Twittersphere (really?) has apparently gone wild or whatever such spheres do when a billion people tweet about something. Sarah Palin has weighed in, of course. How can...

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If This Is Progress, Let Me Off the Train

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 1:25 PM

For the last three months, my favorite car wash at the corner of Buford Highway and North Druid Hills Road has been closed for renovation. It's not that I have my car washed all that often, but when the urge struck, there it was. You pulled your car up to...

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Torn Between Two Women

(3) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 1:14 PM

My dad died a year ago this July, just shy of three years after my mom left us behind. They each lived a wonderful and rich life, nine decades long, full of children, grandchildren and even one very special great-grandchild Miller, named after my mom. About six weeks after my...

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Hopelessness and Guns

(20) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 8:12 PM

There are so many reasons why the epidemic of guns in our country is both needless and wrong, but reading the story of the seemingly inexplicable murder of a young Australian man in Duncan, Oklahoma shines the light on one reason that has not received much attention. The...

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Where Did Things Go So Wrong?

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 4:26 PM

This Saturday, I will be hosting a dinner for the baseball teams of Oglethorpe University and Centre College after they complete a twin bill on our campus. They will have one final game to play Sunday afternoon before the team from Centre heads back from Atlanta to their beautiful campus...

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Refusing to Be Late

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 3:15 PM

The business page of Saturday's New York Times featured a column by James Stewart titled "Refusing to be Late on Gay Marriage." It told the story of Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs' chairman and CEO, staking out an early position on gay marriage a few years ago. While he...

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College Presidents Break Their Silence

(3) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 4:51 PM

On Monday, February 4th, the more than 340 college and university presidents of College Presidents For Gun Safety together with the Association of American Universities (which includes 60 of America's most prestigious public and private research institutions) will annouce a partnership with the almost 900 Mayors Against Illegal Guns supporting...

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College Presidents Speak With One Voice

(6) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 1:11 PM

On the same day our nation learned in horror that 20 first graders and six educators were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School, young people around the country were learning if they had been accepted to their favored colleges and universities. For many years now, our nation's leaders have...

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A Cop in Every School. Really?

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2012 | 1:38 PM

I find it fascinating that in just one week's time, I have become one of the targets of those that oppose any regulation on guns, gun safety, and gun ownership in America. I am actually ok with all that -- the statement I drafted that was signed by over 300...

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(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 12:21 PM

It's been a few days since I, along with over 300 college and university presidents, shared an open letter on the issue of gun safety in America. Here's the link to the story on HuffPost. It's received a lot of attention. The purpose of this post is not...

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You Win Elections, Not Debates

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 5:38 PM

I was born in 1953. I have to admit I don't recall the sole, scintillating presidential debate in 1956, between the two Democrats competing for the nomination, Stevenson and Kefauver. There was no public debate between the two eventual nominees, Stevenson and Eisenhower (I thought I had forgotten that one...

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Standardized Tests: Why We Cheat

(2) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 12:30 PM

I don't pretend to have the answer to the age-old question of why people cheat, but in light of the recent news coming from the Emory University campus, located just a few miles from my university, I'd like to at least weigh in. For about a decade a few individuals...

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