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Speeches and Writings

Posted on: March 16, 2015
The State of the College
At the President’s Community Breakfast on March 7, President S. Alan Ray offered a retrospective on the past seven years at Elmhurst College.

Posted on: March 15, 2015
A Call to Worship, and a Call to Educate
Writing in The Chronicle of Higher Education, President Ray weighs in on Duke University’s decision not to allow Muslim students to use the bell tower for their call to prayer.

Posted on: August 19, 2014
Equal Rights vs. Religious Principles

In an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, President Ray examines how religiously based colleges handle challenges to their principles.

Posted on: July 18, 2014
Principled Pluralism: The Challenges and Opportunities of America’s Religious Diversity
In a panel discussion presented by the Aspen Institute, President S. Alan Ray spoke about religious diversity and interfaith engagement.

Posted on: July 18, 2014
Everything Is a Gift
In a candid interview, President Ray considers how Elmhurst’s deep commitment to the spiritual obligation of stewardship compels the College to get better at both honoring tradition and embracing change.

Posted on: March 7, 2014
The State of the College
President S. Alan Ray delivered his State of the College Address at the President’s Community Breakfast on March 1.

Posted on: February 13, 2014
Now It Gets Complicated
At Midyear Commencement on February 8, President S. Alan Ray exhorted the College’s newest alumni to hold on to the lessons they learned at Elmhurst.

Posted on: September 25, 2013
State of the College Address
On August 19, 2013, Elmhurst College President S. Alan Ray offered his thoughts on the state of the College at a gathering of faculty and staff.

Posted on: July 17, 2013
To Engage a Complex World
In an interview for FYI magazine, President Ray talks about how the College’s commitment to faith, meaning and values prepares students for a changing world.

Posted on: February 6, 2012
Don't Wait for the Future
In the Midyear Commencement address, President S. Alan Ray encourages graduates to position themselves so that they are ready to seize opportunities when the economy improves.

Posted on: October 12, 2011
Despite the Controversy, We're Glad We Asked
In a commentary published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, President S. Alan Ray writes that while Elmhurst didn't seek publicity when it added a question on sexual identity to its application, it is proud of the attention that has been paid to its diversity-building efforts.

Posted on: February 09, 2010
Lessons on Leadership
President S. Alan Ray's Midyear Commencement Address calls upon every student to lead in his or her own ways.

Posted on: November 25, 2009
Interfaith Dialogue and Higher Education
President S. Alan Ray speaks on the challenges of interfaith dialogue and higher education.

Posted on: November 17, 2009
Native Americans and the Power of Naming
President S. Alan Ray recently spoke on the importance of history, culture and identity at the opening of Native American Awareness Week.

Posted on: October 14, 2009
Legislature must fund college aid, not cut it
President S. Alan Ray in a Chicago Tribune column implores the Governor and legislators to restore MAP grants.

Posted on: February 09, 2009
Bending the Arc of History
President Ray's Midyear Commencement Address called upon students, even in these uncertain times, to act ethically and to be unafraid to shape history toward justice and hope.

Posted on: November 26, 2008
Inaugural Address: Renewing the Liberal Arts for a Global Century
The address of the thirteenth President of Elmhurst College at his Inauguration Ceremony in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel.

Posted on: September 08, 2008
The Exquisite Work of the Self
The task of self-exploration and self-formation was the topic as Dr. Ray welcomed and challenged new students at the convocation of Elmhurst's 138th year.

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