Academic Symposium: The Future of the Liberal Arts
The week of the presidential inauguration began October 16 with an academic symposium, the first of its kind in the college's history. The topic, building on the inaugural theme of Faith in the Future, was "The Future of the Liberal Arts."
The keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Timothy Austin, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Duquesne University and a member of the board of trustees of Saint Anselm College.
Before his presentation, Keith Chevalier, college archivist and head of special collections at the Geisel Library, discussed the 120-year history of Saint Anselm College. He discussed the curriculum, early student life, and various academic and extracurricular activities available to students since the college opened in 1893.
Dr. Austin's presentation focused on how the liberal arts remain as critical as ever in spite of some current naysayers.
Saint Anselm College:
Keith P. Chevalier, College Archivist and Head of Special Collections
As the college archivist and head of special collections for Saint Anselm College, Keith Chevalier is responsible for collecting and preserving all archival records of the college and monastery. In addition, he is curator for special collections which include the ACA/Lambert Franco-American Collection, the Anselm Collection, the New England Collection, and the Rare Book Collection. He received a master of arts in library and information studies with a specialization in archives and records administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he has attended Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.
Timothy R. Austin, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Duquesne University
Timothy Austin was previously vice president for academic affairs and dean at the College of the Holy Cross and has served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University. He has taught at Loyola University Chicago, where he chaired the English department and served as director of the interdisciplinary program in linguistic studies. Dr. Austin earned a master's degree in English language and literature from Oxford University's Lincoln College and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has authored books and scholarly articles on linguistics. He is a member of the Saint Anselm College Board of Trustees, for which he chairs the academic affairs committee.
Photo: College dedication, October 11, 1893. From the Saint Anselm College archives.