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Public Art: A Social Work

Finding individual meaning in class, culture and community by Maggie Adler ‘99, GA ’11 Pepón Osorio is the antithesis of the isolated artist laboring alone in his studio to realize a masterpiece. For Osorio, a MacArthur Fellow and professor at Temple’s Tyler School of Art, creation is an act of social work, a communal affair.

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The Doctor is in the Studio

Richard Besser ’81 straddles the worlds of medicine and journalism by Jennifer Weeks ’83 When new doctors take the Hippocratic Oath, they pledge to treat the sick, prevent disease, share medical knowledge with peers and serve the firm and infirm alike. In a way that few docs do, Richard Besser ’81—pediatrician, medical researcher and public

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Commencement 2010

“Creating an authentic identity, or finding out who you are, involves experimentation and role playing and even outright fraud. It involves pretending to be smarter and more secure and worldly than you are in the hope that you will eventually grow into the part. “But in my experience self-invention is only half of the goal

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The Gaudino Option

Enabling students to enroll in courses they really want to take—but that seem risky. Learning is limb-walking. There’s a unique thrill in stepping out on a branch, in following your curiosity. The view may be unfamiliar, even discomfiting, but a great education is full of leaps, small and large. At Williams, effective this semester, a

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