Larry D. Shinn
Inaugurated on Friday, April 21, 1995
"Ours is a new day that will require much imagination of us in higher education if we would educate ourselves and our students to live and work in the Information Age."
In 1995, Larry D. Shinn delivered his inaugural address, entitled "The Challenge of Deep Learning," in conjunction with the celebration of Berea's Labor Day. Shinn's quote of Dean Louis Smith's "Berea must both be and become" framed his speech, which sought to explore "toward what must we direct our becoming?"
Shinn discusses the technological, scientific, communication, transportation, and environmental changes facing students in the 21st century, and the needed shift from a mindset of the Industrial Age to one of the Information Age. Shinn calls for a need to move beyond the "self-centered mood in America" to lives of service, inclusiveness, and a rediscovery of the human soul, focused on "a deep-learning that attends to our basic human need for creating meaningful lives in a complex, information age."
Yet, with the future in mind, Shinn's address remains attentive to Berea's past connections and traditions, reaffirming the College's commitments and quoting from the College's founding documents, historic leaders, and faculty.
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