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Why I miss the Culture Wars - The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 2015

"We need to provide a coherent defense of the liberal arts, for their role in the larger university and for the broader society. For me, the defense is both deeply personal and based on intellectual and institutional arguments."

A Global Hub, Close to Home - Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 2015

"Chancellor Nicholas Dirks has proposed that the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay will be 'a new form of international hub' in which a group of leading foreign universities and technology companies will establish satellite locations on a 130-acre parcel of Berkeley-owned land located a mere 10 miles from the main campus." 

Berkeley Plans to Build a global Campus, Ten Miles from Home - The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 2015

"The campus’s main goal, Dirks said, is to encourage an interdisciplinary approach to global problems like climate change, income inequality, epidemic diseases, and the need for new forms of sustainable energy."

Berkeley's forecast: Sunshine After the Storm - The Times (UK) Higher Education Supplement, Oct. 2014

"The university continues to be at the vanguard of developments in research – basic as well as applied, humanistic as well as scientific – while still affording extraordinary access to an increasingly diverse population."

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Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks

Nicholas B. Dirks became the 10th Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley on June 1, 2013. An internationally renowned historian and anthropologist, he is a leader in higher education and well-known for his commitment to and advocacy for accessible, high-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, to the globalization of the university, and to innovation across the disciplines as well as in applied and basic fields.

Before coming to Berkeley, Dirks was the executive vice president for the arts and sciences and dean of the faculty, as well as the Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and History, at Columbia University.

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