Arts & Humanities: Don't Leave College Without Them

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J.K. Rowling Best-selling author of Harry Potter, J.K Rowling earned her degree in French and Classics at the University of Ex - eter. At a commencement speech she gave at Harvard, she spoke of the in- fluences of the classics on her life say - ing: “One of the many things I learned at the end of that Classics corridor ... was this, written by the Greek author Plu- tarch: What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. That is an as- tonishing statement and yet proven a thousand times every day of our lives. It expresses, in part, our inescapable connection with the outside world, the fact that we touch other people’s lives simply by existing...remember [the words] of Seneca, another of those old Romans I met when I fled down the Classics corridor, in retreat from career ladders, in search of an- cient wisdom: As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.”

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Tim O'Reilly

Tim O’Reilly, of O’Reilly Media, built an em- pire of technology education off a Harvard degree in classics. His books, webinars, and conferences have played a important role in thousands of software engineers. To get to this point, he had to build a knowl- edge community that would ultimately buy his books and share them amongst them- selves - helping him gain market share at a low cost. When asked about his approach to his business, O'Reilly replied: "The classics are part of my mental tool set; the context I think with." One of his credos is "Create more value than you capture" - an insight he gleaned from a famous exchange between Diogenes and Alexander the Great.


JANE ADDAMS Nobel Peace Prize Recipient. Activist and Social Worker


Four term Governor of Cali- fornia

O'Reilly Media

Graduated from Harvard Uni- versity with a degree in Classics

Studied Greek and Latin at Rockford College

Graduated with a Bachelor's in Clas- sics at UC Berkeley before heading to Yale Law School.



Arts & Humanities

Don’t Leave College Without Them


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