Carol Christ and David Neidorf in Conversation
Join UC Berkeley’s incoming Chancellor Carol Christ and David Neidorf, president of Deep Springs College, for a discussion of timely topics in undergraduate education. From the differing perspectives of a major public university and a tiny, private single-sex college, they will talk about approaches to a range of issues, including undergraduate identity and character formation. Occasioned by the MATRIX exhibition of Sam Contis’s photographs from Deep Springs, the conversation is moderated by Nathan Sayre, chair of UC Berkeley’s Department of Geography and a Deep Springs alumnus.
Carol Christ, a renowned scholar of Victorian literature, has recently been named UC Berkeley’s eleventh chancellor—the first woman to hold the position. From 2002 through 2013, Christ served as president of Smith College. She returned to Berkeley in January 2015 to direct the Center for Studies in Higher Education, and since May 2016 has served as executive vice chancellor and provost. In addition to her many significant contributions to both institutions, Christ has a well-established reputation as a champion of women’s issues and diversity.
David Neidorf has been president of Deep Springs College since 2008 and previously held faculty appointments at Middlebury College, where he was director of integrated studies, and Saint Mary’s College, among other institutions. For many years, he has worked seasonally with Outward Bound and similar wilderness programs.