The Power of the Liberal Arts, the symposium that is prelude to the inauguration of Clayton S. Rose as Bowdoin’s 15th president, comprises leaders from the worlds of business, design, government, higher education and public health. The symposium will be held in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall, 2 p.m.–5 p.m., Friday, October 16, 2015. In advance of the discussion, we continue a series of participant profiles.
The formal education of William Adams, the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, was interrupted by the Vietnam War, where he served as a 20-year-old combat infantry advisor. After returning home, he was motivated by his wartime experience to study and teach the humanities. “I came face to face, acutely, with questions that writers, artists, philosophers and musicians examine in their work — starting with, ‘What does it mean to be human?’” he has said.