"Give It Your Best Shot!" Address to Columbia College Students Elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society karl kroeber The address, which Kroeber delivered on May 18, 2009, and retirement interview were originally published in English Department Updates (Fall 2009), a semiannual alumni newsletter of the Columbia University Department of English & Comparative Literature. Although Kroeber did not want a memorial service after his death, he asked that this address and "An Interview with Karl Kroeber" be published in a pamphlet for distribution. Jean Taylor Kroeber, his wife, and their children combined these with a short biography in "Karl Kroeber 24 November 19268 November 2009," distributed at his commemorative service, April 8, 2012, in St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University. I begin by apologizing to the parents of today's honorees, because some things I say may distress you. If it helps, I am a parent of three children, so I understand the financial sacrifices you have undergone for the past four years. I am also aware that these splendid young adults, whose accomplishments we celebrate, you knew just a few years ago as adolescents--and adolescence has been described as extended familial suffering for no discernible reason. Finally, as a
Studies in American Indian Literatures – University of Nebraska Press
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