Speaking of Duke: Leading the Twenty-First-Century University
Richard H. Brodhead was the president of Duke University from 2004 to 2017 and served as the William Preston Few Professor of English. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He previously served as the dean of Yale College from 1993 to 2004 and as the A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of English at Yale University. He is the recipient of several awards, including four honorary degrees. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004, he cochaired its national Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. A scholar of nineteenth-century American literature, Brodhead is the author of several books, including
Graduate and Professional Convocation: The Virtues and Limits of Specialization
Speaking to the class of incoming freshmen at Convocation in his first semester as president of Duke University in fall 2004, Richard Brodhead discusses the ritual of signing the Duke Community Standard, how to derive the maximum value from a Duke education, and the value of skilled argument.