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A Star Shines Brighter
I expect that the powers at the College hesitated slightly in picking a Dartmouth insider to replace Paul Danos as the Dean of the Tuck School — the reasoning being that perhaps an outsider would bring fresh thinking to the school — but Matt Slaughter’s performance to date has dispelled all doubts. The guy is the real deal: whipsmart, articulate, well prepared, and above all, an original mind. In an hour-long lecture followed by an hour of Q&A on July 22 at the summer’s OSHER/ILLEAD event (a series of lectures on The Future of American Power and Influence), he had intellectual star power.
My favorite response during Slaughter’s presentation was his comment on global warming. He said that while the scientific jury might be out on the reality of the threat, any time that humanity faces an existential challenge, we would do well to take the subject seriously. He likened his position to his choice to take fire insurance on his home. He wasn’t expecting a fire, but the consequences of one were so severe that preparation was in order nonetheless.
Slaughter is a top-flight scholar. He has published 28 articles that have been cited over one hundred times by other economists in their own work; five of those articles have been cited over five hundred times.
In keeping with our oft-stated theme that the College’s best researchers are more often than not our best teachers, Slaughter received John M. Manley Huntington Teaching Award for undergraduate teaching in 2001, and in 2012 he received Tuck’s Class of 2011 Teaching Excellence Award.
When Phil decides to depart the Hanover Plain, Slaughter will be in his mid-50’s. Dartmouth’s next President?
Addendum: The above portrait of Slaughter comes from the OSHER catalog; it is more flattering that the one that the College’s website recently chose to display (below left). The latter image makes Matt look a lot like Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman.
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August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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