How the Liberal Arts Can Prepare Entrepreneurs

In his most recent column in the Huffington Post, President and Sociologist D. Michael Lindsay explores the many benefits of a liberal arts education, especially for future entrepreneurs. 

Useful Innovation: The Next Great Challenge for Liberal Arts Colleges

President Lindsay

By D. Michael Lindsay

“It’s happening all around us, and the higher education community needs to pay attention. More and more, young people today are looking to entrepreneurial opportunities as the way of advancing the common good. Whether starting an innovative non-profit or a socially conscious business, these emerging leaders are motivated to make a difference with their lives.

“I’ve seen it in my own community just north of Boston. Gordon College alum Sam Winslow, for example, recently founded Thirst Footwear, which will fund new wells in sub-Saharan Africa through every shoe purchase. Then there’s the Accessible Icon Project — a collaboration between faculty members Brian Glenney and Tim Ferguson-Sauder, current Gordon students, Cambridge artist Sarah Hendron, and the disability advocacy group Triangle — which is working to change public perceptions of disability through a more active, engaged visual representation of the ‘Handicap Symbol.’ Gordon College itself has recently partnered with Praxis Labs, an organization that supports the development of new social enterprises through mentoring and funding opportunities.

“An entrepreneurial spirit is thriving among the next generation. Yet in order to turn their ambition into action, today’s students will need a solid foundation that prepares them for the unique challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship. This is where a strong liberal arts education can give young entrepreneurs a significant advantage.” READ THE REST OF PRESIDENT LINDSAY’S COLUMN.

Watching Presidential History


By R. Judson Carlberg, President of Gordon College (Pictured here as a college student beside the flag, holding microphone.)

On November 8, 1960, John F. Kennedy was swept into office in a tight race with Richard Nixon. Fifty years later it seems the news media can’t get enough of this nostalgic story. Little wonder: it had major repercussions for the state of political life in the United States.

Like our elections last week, the pendulum swung in Washington and around the country as the party out of power suddenly gained strength and a new voice. I was there – kind of.

I was an undergraduate student at a college in the Midwest, and one of my extra-curricular roles was to serve as the news director for WETN, the college radio station. During the days before the election I had the opportunity to cover both candidates as they made campaign swings though northern Illinois. Then Vice President Nixon was invited to our campus in the Republican stronghold of Dupage County, and as this photo shows, I covered the event while the vice president ascended the stairs to give his stump speech. From the crowd that day and with the enthusiasm for his candidacy, there was little doubt in my mind that Nixon would make a strong showing on Election Day.

Then I learned that Senator Kennedy from Massachusetts was also coming to our area, not to our campus but to a small high school gymnasium several miles away. As any good reporter would do, I tried to find out why he wasn’t invited to our community as a show of impartiality. Continue reading