Inaugural Symposium: The Power of the Liberal Arts — Yahoo’s Andy Serwer ’81 to Moderate Panel of Heavy Hitters

Andy Serwer ’81

Andy Serwer ’81

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 Power of the Liberal Arts 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.

“A liberal arts education is important because financial news without cultural references is like dry, stale toast.”

One of the world’s leading business journalists, Andy Serwer ‘81 has made a career out of calling it like he sees it — and doing so armed with an internal database of cross-disciplinary knowledge that he began cultivating as a student at Bowdoin.

“Without a liberal arts education you’d never write leads like this (about the VW scandal): ‘Something is rotten in the city of Wolfsburg.’”

Serwer seemed the ideal choice to moderate the panel “Making a Living and Making a Life: The Liberal Arts in Commerce and Citizenship.”

Before landing his current gig as editor-in-chief at Yahoo Finance in February 2015, Serwer spent nearly three decades at Time, Inc., most recently as managing editor of Fortune magazine.

Serwer has been a regular contributor on ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, MSNBC and other broadcast outlets, sharing observations and analysis on Good Morning America, The Today Show and CBS This Morning, among others.

He has also written for Time, Sports Illustrated and Politico.

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