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Russell K. Osgood, President of Grinnell College

Event Cancelled -- Two college presidents to discuss state of liberal arts education

February 25, 2008

President Russell K. Osgood of Grinnell College is unable to make it to Middlebury because of inclement weather.  This scheduled discussion with President Liebowitz and President Osgood has been cancelled.  We hope to be able to reschedule at a later date.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Middlebury College President Ronald D. Liebowitz and Russell K. Osgood, president of Grinnell College in Iowa, will speak about  the state of liberal arts education today on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 4:15pm in Room 216 of McCardell Bicentennial Hall. Dean of the College Tim Spears will moderate the discussion. McCardell Bicentennial Hall, located on Bicentennial Way off College Street (Route 125).

Osgood graduated magna cum laude from Yale in 1969 with exceptional distinction in history. He served in the United States Navy from 1969-71, returned to Yale in 1971, edited the Yale Law Review and received a law degree in 1974. He entered private practice in Boston, became associate professor of law at Boston University in 1978, and joined the faculty of Cornell Law School in 1980, serving as editor of the Law and History Review. In 1988, he was named Allen R. Tessler Dean of Cornell Law School. His scholarly work includes books and articles in the areas of American legal history.

During Osgood's presidency, Grinnell's physical campus has been transformed into a model of how the contemporary liberal arts college should be designed. Under a trustee-funded initiative, the Fund for Excellence, the college undertook a series of major programmatic and curricular advances including mentored advanced projects, the addition of Japanese language instruction, and the launching of the Faulconer Art Gallery, the Center for Prairie Studies and the Center for International Studies, as well as a successful diversity hiring initiative. Under Osgood's leadership, Grinnell has embarked on a farseeing academic plan, the Expanding Knowledge Initiative, to increase faculty and expand the curriculum in interdisciplinary directions and into new areas of knowledge. Additionally, Grinnell has enhanced its commitment to equitable access and financial aid packaging. 

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