09/04/2012 06:07 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Arrival Day 2012 (Video)

This is a video of my remarks to the parents of incoming students at Wesleyan University. The families were about to leave campus having helped install their sons and daughters in the residence halls, and I tried to give them some sense of the kind of education for which they'd signed up. A pragmatic liberal education, at all colleges and universities, should promise three things: to help students discover the work they love to do; to help them get better at it; and to show them how to share that work with others. Now it's up to us to fulfill that promise.