Summary: December 11, 2009
Dear Honors College students, faculty, and alumni:
My first contact with Honors was in 1978. I
was teaching at Washington University in St. Louis,
when, in late April of that year, I was invited to
campus by Dr. Estess, then Director of the Program,
for the usual round of interviews and academic
presentations. (I can still recall the visceral
shock as I walked around the humid campus in my
"spring" suit, wondering if it felt like this in
April, what would August be like?) After a day of
such meetings I spent the evening and most of the
night in a free-wheeling conversation with Dr.
Estess, his Associate Director Steve Langfur, and
the only other Honors faculty member at the time,
Tony Sirignano. It would be many years before the
College initiated its "Great Conversation" series,
but for me the conversation began that night in Dr.
Estess' living room and ended only when I retired.
What did we talk about? Not the great