University of Rochester

EVENT: Symposium on "Directions in Higher Education for the 21st Century" to mark the inauguration of University of Rochester President Joel Seligman

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, in Strong Auditorium on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public; registration requested at

October 6, 2005

The leaders of distinguished national universities will discuss issues affecting higher education in this century at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, as part of the events marking the inauguration of Joel Seligman as 10th president of the University of Rochester. The inaugural symposium, moderated by Hugo F. Sonnenschein, president emeritus of the University of Chicago and an alumnus of Rochester, is free and open to the public.

Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University; Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania; John Sexton, president of New York University; and Dr. William A. Peck, former executive vice chancellor for medical affairs at Washington University in St. Louis and an alumnus of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry will present remarks at the symposium, titled "Directions in Higher Education for the 21st Century."

The panelists will receive special recognition later that day at 3 p.m. during the inauguration of Seligman at the Eastman Theatre. The ceremony will be marked by welcoming speeches and an inaugural address by the new president, who assumed office July 1. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Bollinger, Gutmann, and Sexton. Peck will receive the Hutchison Medal, the highest award given to alumni.

Tickets are not required, but guests are requested to register online at For more information, contact (585) 275-4111.