Peaceful and productive conversation at Macaulay.

Many thanks to the 40 or so students and alumni who came to an open forum last week.

Our conversation ranged from the seminar taught by Professor
Petraeus to the values of the College and the privileges received by its

Despite the substance of the conversation, the deepest connection in the
room was to the nature of discourse itself. Not all subjects evoked
agreement but every speaker managed to navigate the differences with
respect and civility.

I invited the participants to share their observations. Some have
already done so privately, and if any of them are comfortable with a
public conversation, I will share them.