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Speeches & Presentations

Commencement and Other Addresses

Inaugural Address: University of Richmond in Richmond, Va.: Oct. 30, 2015.

Commencement Speaker: Muhlenberg College in Muhlenberg, Pa.: May 17, 2015.

Commencement Speaker and Performer: Boston Arts Academy at Symphony Hall in Boston, Mass.: June 10, 2011.

Commencement Speaker: Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment: June 26, 2010.

Cum Laude Speaker: The Roxbury Latin School in Boston, Mass.: April 20, 2010.

Commencement Speaker: Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio: June 3, 2007.

Higher Education Issues

Remarks at Global Forum on "Higher Education for Diversity, Social Inclusion, and Community: A Democratic Imperitive," LUMSA University, Rome, Italy: June 15, 2017.

Keynote Address, Innsbrook Rotary, Richmond, Va.: May 11, 2017.

"Toward a Thriving and Inclusive Community at Richmond," Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony, University of Richmond, Richmond, Va.: March 31, 2017.

Welcome Remarks at Hope in the Cities Breakfast, University of Richmond, Richmond, Va.: Feb. 8, 2017.

R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence, Richmond, Va.: Nov. 7, 2016.

"As Long as there is a Dream in the Heart: MLK, the Movement, and Music," University of Richmond, Richmond, Va.: Jan. 18, 2016.

“What Leaders Can Learn from National and State Advocacy Efforts for Liberal Education, the Liberal Arts, and Educational Quality,” Forum for Presidents and Foundation Leaders, AAC&U Centennial Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.: Jan. 22, 2015.

Co-Presenter: “Building Faculty Leadership for Liberal Education,” AAC&U Presidents Trust in Washington, D.C.: April 30, 2012.

Co-Facilitator: The Seminar for New Presidents, Annual Meeting of the Association of Governing Boards: April 22, 2012.

Co-Presenter with President John MacArdle: “The Residential College Community in the 21st Century,” “The Future of Liberal Arts Colleges” at Lafayette College:  April 11, 2012.

Discussion Facilitator: “For Democracy's Future: Education Reclaims Our Civic Mission,” White House Conference sponsored by the Department of Education:  Jan. 8, 2012.

Workshop Co-Facilitator: “Symposium on the Future of the Humanities,” CIC Presidents Institute, Marco Island, Florida: Jan. 5, 2012.

Lecture: “Higher Education for Democracy: Developing Capacities for Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement on Campus,” Distinguished Lecture Series, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin: Nov. 17, 2011.

Plenary Session: “Fluency Across the Boundaries: A Compelling Case for the Humanities in the 21st Century,” ACAD/Phi Beta Kappa Conference in Charleston, SC: Nov. 11, 2011.

Moderator: “How Should We Prepare Today's Students for a Daunting Global Environment,” Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California: Jan. 28, 2011.

Facilitator and Panelist: ACE Advancing to the Presidency Seminar in Washington, D.C.: Oct. 18–19, 2010.

Lecture: “Liberal Education and America’s Promise: UNCG New General Education Curriculum,” University of North Carolina at Greensboro: Sept. 9, 2010.

Lecture: “Beethoven and the Schuppanizigh Quartet,” Distinguished Lecture Series in Greensboro, Vermont: Aug. 11, 2010.

Panelist: “Institutional Responses: Improving, Assessing, and Demonstrating Student Learning,” ACE Transatlantic Dialogue at New York University: June 27, 2010.

Discussion Facilitator for Presidents’ Session: “Learning Outcomes-An Escalating Priority,” Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education in Phoenix, Ariz.: March 7, 2010.

Opening Plenary Session Speaker: “Achieving Ambitious Goals for College Completion and for the Quality of Learning,” at the AAC&U Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.: Jan. 21, 2010.

Moderator: “Media Perspectives on Higher Education,” CIC Presidents Institute, Marco Island, Florida: Jan. 5, 2010.

Discussion Facilitator: “Supporting Innovation in the Current Economy,” TIAA-CREF Leadership Institute in New York City, NY: Nov. 5, 2009.


Music Education

Keynote Speaker: “Toward the New Millennium: Transforming the Music Curriculum,” 13th Annual Music Education Symposium at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, San Juan: April 1997.

Keynote Speaker: “In a Word, Now: Transforming the Music Curriculum,” Juilliard School, Alumni Weekend: January 1997.

Co-Moderator at NASM Forum: “The Value of Music Study,” NASM Annual Meeting, Dallas: November 1996.

Lecture: “Transforming the Music Curriculum,” Austin District Music Teachers Association: November 1996.

Lecture: “NASM Accreditation Issues,” Regional Meeting of the Texas Association of Music Schools, Seguin: November 1996.

Lecture for Arts Leadership Program: “The Future of Music Schools in America,” Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y.: October 1996.

Three Presentations as a Teacher-Trainer for Chamber Music America Educator/Ensemble Seminar: “Defining Chamber Music Education,” “Curriculum: What is Being Taught?,” “Developing Local Chamber Music Festivals and Workshops.” Oberlin College Conservatory of Music: Oct. 24–27, 1996.

Chamber Music America: Chamber Music Residency Training Seminar, “Strategies for Negotiating University Bureaucracy;” New York, N.Y.: June 1996.

Panel Moderator: “Building Bridges to New Communities,” CMA Annual Conference; New York, N.Y.: January 1996.

Lecture Series (four lectures): “Chamber Music: A Music for all Seasons,” UT, Division of Continuing Education: September and October 1995.

Lecture: “The African American Musical Tradition,” The University of Texas at Austin Division of Continuing Education-LAMP (Learning Activities for Mature Persons): October 1995.

Southwest ASTA Summer String Conference, “The Role of Chamber Music in String Teaching,” Austin: June 1995.

“Transforming the Music Curriculum,” Indiana State University: April 1995.

Panel Presenter: “Americanizing the Music Curriculum,” Annual Meeting of the College Music Society: Savannah, Ga.: October 1994.

Panel Presenter and Moderator: “Minority Access to Music Study: Ages 3–18,” Annual Meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music, Boston, Mass.: November 1994.

Symposium Panel: “Options for African-American Composers,” and Performance of Alvin Singleton's Argoru II, 1994 Unisys African-American Composers Forum and Symposium, Detroit, Mich.: April 7–9, 1994.

“Orientation: Setting the Agenda for a Life in Music,” Annual Meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music, San Francisco, Calif.: November 1993.

“Transforming the Music Curriculum: A Holistic Approach”: Bicentennial Convention, Pi Kappa Lambda; Cincinnati, Ohio: October 1993.

Panel Moderator: “Toward the Twenty-first Century: Transforming the Music Curriculum,” Annual Meeting of the College Music Society; Minneapolis, Minn.: October 1993.