C of I Newsletter

2009. 09. 28.

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This is a special week at The College of Idaho as we inaugurate Dr. Marvin Henberg as the 12th president in our 118-year history.

Below is a list of events beginning tonight (Monday, Sept. 28):

Monday, Sept. 28

Kristine M. Tompkins (‘72), co-founder of Patagonia, Inc., will receive an honorary degree during an inaugural choral performance featuring The College of Idaho Chorale, The College of Idaho Chamber Singers, The College of Idaho Opera Workshop and Caldwell High School Madrigals.

The ceremony is at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium.

Tompkins is head of Conservacion Patagonica, a land trust she founded in 2000 which is focused exclusively on conserving land within the Patagonia region – an area depleted by intensive overgrazing, mining, oil drilling and logging.

She is married to North Face and Esprit founder Doug Tompkins, who also founded the Conservation Land Trust which has purchased nearly 2 million acres of wildlands in Patagonian Chile and Argentina to place in permanent protection.

The Tompkins’ efforts have been featured in many publications, including an extensive story on the ABC News program “Nightline” last year. For more information, go to www.conservacionpatagonica.org.

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Professor Cary Coglianese (‘85) will deliver a guest lecture “Law in Action: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. Coglianese is deputy dean and Edward B. Shils professor of law and professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also directs the Penn Program on Regulation.

Prior to joining the Penn Law faculty, Professor Coglianese spent a dozen years on the faculty at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he directed the School’s Politics Research Group and founded its Regulatory Policy Program. His other professional positions have included service as a visiting professor at the Vanderbilt and Stanford law schools, a senior research fellow at Harvard, and, currently, a research fellow at the Wharton School’s Risk Management & Decision Processes Center.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Professor John J. McDermott will deliver a guest lecture “Starting Over: The Humanities as Personally Implosive,” at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. McDermott is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Texas A&M University, and has been teaching for more than 50 years. McDermott and Henberg have known each other for more than 30 years.

Pedagogically, Professor McDermott concentrates on the philosophy of culture and literature, the philosophy of medicine, and on classical American philosophy. He is editor of “The Writings of William James: A Comprehensive Edition” (New York: Modern Library, 1968), “The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce” (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1969), and “The Philosophy of John Dewey” (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1973). He is also general editor of the 12-volume “The Correspondence of William James” (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1992-2004).

Thursday, Oct. 1

The inauguration ceremony for President Marvin Henberg will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. The ceremony will be followed by a reception in Langroise Foyer. All are welcome at the reception.

The inaugural ceremony features 53 delegates from 50 higher education institutes, including Oxford University, Harvard University, Willamette University and Colorado College.

As part of the ceremony, charges to President Henberg will be given on behalf of students, faculty, staff, alumni, the city of Caldwell, sister colleges and the board of trustees.