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Onward! : 25 years of advice, exhortation, and inspiration from America's best commencement speeches
Author:
Smith, Peter, 1959-
Publication Information:
New York : Scribner, [2000]

©2000
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303 pages ; 25 cm
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English
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ISBN:
9780684864525
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Book

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In this beguiling anthology of more than 200 excerpts from the best commencement addresses given during the last twenty-five years, editor Peter J. Smith proves that, in the right hands, the graduation speech is thriving.

Far from being a tired truism, the commencement address can be a thoughtful, heartfelt epistle, a dispatch from the front lines of adulthood to the fresh recruits of the newly graduated. In "Onward! Twenty-Five Years of Advice, Exhortation, and Inspiration from America's Best Commencement Speeches," Smith has culled what the best minds (and hearts) have imparted to college graduates and in the process has created both a remarkable social history and a stirring celebration of the human spirit.

Arranged by year (and introduced with a recap of each year's cultural trends and events), the excerpts in "Onward!" spring from people with a wide array of talent, experience, and perspective: presidents and novelists, actors and news anchors, scientists and comedians. Their wisdom -- much of it surprising, all of it compelling -- will inform, delight, and inspire.

"We live in an age in which men have walked on the


Author Notes

Peter J. Smith is a fiction writer and journalist


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 15
1975p. 19
Art Buchwaldp. 20
Buckminster Fullerp. 21
David Broderp. 21
Edward W. Brookep. 22
Isaac Asimovp. 23
May Sartonp. 23
Gerald Fordp. 24
Norman Cousinsp. 25
Vincent Barnettp. 25
1976p. 27
Vernon Jordanp. 28
Andrew Hackerp. 29
Martin Martyp. 30
William Kunstlerp. 30
Warren E. Burgerp. 31
1977p. 33
George Plimptonp. 34
Hubert Humphreyp. 36
Juanita Krepsp. 37
Madeleine L'Englep. 37
Paul Freundp. 39
Roy Wilkinsp. 39
Shirley Chisholmp. 40
Studs Terkelp. 40
1978p. 43
Anthony Lewisp. 44
Edward O. Wilsonp. 45
James V. Cunninghamp. 46
Francine du Plessix Grayp. 47
George Plimptonp. 47
Ramsey Clarkp. 48
1979p. 51
Adrienne Richp. 52
Art Buchwaldp. 53
E. L. Doctorowp. 54
Elizabeth Drewp. 55
Tom Brokawp. 55
Toni Morrisonp. 56
Joseph Califanop. 57
1980p. 59
Alan Aldap. 61
Elie Wieselp. 65
Francine du Plessix Grayp. 66
John Kenneth Galbraithp. 67
The Lord Annanp. 67
Maya Angeloup. 67
Pat Collinsp. 68
1981p. 69
William Styronp. 71
Christopher Laschp. 72
Elizabeth Holtzmanp. 74
Shirley Chisholmp. 74
Jane Bryant Quinnp. 75
Sam Nunnp. 76
Vernon Jordanp. 77
Sissela Bokp. 78
James Olsonp. 79
1982p. 81
Frances FitzGeraldp. 82
Dan Quaylep. 83
Mother Teresap. 84
Christopher Doddp. 84
Elie Wieselp. 84
Ted Koppelp. 85
1983p. 87
Margaret Atwoodp. 88
Meryl Streepp. 89
Wyndham Robertsonp. 91
Susan Sontagp. 92
Lewis Thomasp. 92
Terry Sanfordp. 93
E. L. Doctorowp. 94
Robert Thurmanp. 95
James Lovellp. 95
Coretta Scott Kingp. 96
1984p. 97
Mario Cuomop. 99
Charlayne Hunter-Gaultp. 100
Julius Lesterp. 100
Jane Alexanderp. 102
Barbara Kennellyp. 103
Dan Ratherp. 103
Howard Bakerp. 104
Robert Colesp. 105
Athol Fugardp. 105
Neil Simonp. 106
Loret Miller Ruppep. 107
1985p. 109
Fred Rogersp. 110
Beverly Sillsp. 111
Katharine Hepburnp. 112
Beverly Sillsp. 112
Pearl Baileyp. 113
Thomas Winshipp. 113
Donald Reganp. 114
1986p. 115
Tracy Kidderp. 117
E. J. Kahn Jr.p. 117
Lee Iacoccap. 118
Ellen Goodmanp. 119
David McCulloughp. 120
Henry Cisnerosp. 121
Mario Cuomop. 122
James Baldwinp. 123
Flora Lewisp. 125
Gwendolyn Brooksp. 126
1987p. 127
Ted Koppelp. 128
Thomas Keanp. 131
Joan Didionp. 132
Ken Burnsp. 133
Bill Bradleyp. 134
Barbara Jordanp. 135
Riccardo Mutip. 135
Maya Angeloup. 136
Mario Cuomop. 137
1988p. 141
Malcolm Forbesp. 142
James Gannonp. 143
Marian Wright Edelmanp. 144
Sissela Bokp. 145
Toni Morrisonp. 146
William Zinsserp. 147
Stephen Kingp. 149
1989p. 153
Patricia Schroederp. 154
Leonard Lauderp. 156
Tracy Kidderp. 156
Sandra Day O'Connorp. 157
Michael Eisnerp. 158
Johnnetta Colep. 159
Richard T. Cunninghamp. 161
Joseph Brodskyp. 162
Wendell Berryp. 164
James B. Stewartp. 165
Helen Vendlerp. 166
1990p. 169
Tom Brokawp. 170
Desmond Tutup. 171
Barbara Bushp. 174
Jill Ker Conwayp. 175
Ben Cohenp. 176
Johnnetta Colep. 177
Paul Newmanp. 178
Cathleen Blackp. 180
Carl Saganp. 182
Wendy Wassersteinp. 183
Gary Larsonp. 184
1991p. 185
John Clendeninp. 186
John Naisbittp. 187
Elizabeth Dolep. 188
Chinua Achebep. 188
Madeleine L'Englep. 189
Freeman Dysonp. 189
Barbara Ehrenreichp. 190
William Chacep. 191
Bob Edwardsp. 192
Bryant Gumbelp. 194
1992p. 197
Ann Richardsp. 198
Daniel Patrick Moynihanp. 200
Patricia Schroederp. 201
Wendy Koppp. 201
Bernadine Healyp. 202
Hillary Rodham Clintonp. 203
1993p. 205
Gwen Ifillp. 206
Vernon Jordanp. 207
Mona Van Duynp. 208
Marian Wright Edelmanp. 209
Lee Smithp. 210
John Updikep. 212
Jodie Fosterp. 213
Jim Lehrerp. 214
Cornel Westp. 215
Ron Brownp. 216
Ellen Goodmanp. 217
Ronald Reaganp. 217
1994p. 219
Lamar Alexanderp. 220
Cokie Robertsp. 222
Hillary Rodham Clintonp. 223
Lanford Wilsonp. 224
Barbara Kingsolverp. 225
Andrew Grovep. 227
Kurt Vonnegutp. 228
Judy Woodruffp. 230
Lowell Weickerp. 230
1995p. 233
Gloria Steinemp. 234
Bill Clintonp. 236
M. L. Flynnp. 237
Hugh Sideyp. 238
Vaclav Havelp. 239
Dan Ratherp. 241
Madeleine Albrightp. 243
Annette Beningp. 243
Donna Shalalap. 244
Joan Konnerp. 244
Ann Richardsp. 246
1996p. 247
Wendy Walker Whitworthp. 248
Steve Kroftp. 249
George Bushp. 250
Andy Rooneyp. 251
Anna Quindlenp. 252
Cornel Westp. 253
David Halberstamp. 254
Mary Higgins Clarkp. 255
Nora Ephronp. 256
1997p. 259
Marian Wright Edelmanp. 260
Madeleine Albrightp. 261
Bob Newhartp. 262
Anna Quindlenp. 263
Mark Shieldsp. 264
Denise Di Novip. 265
Art Buchwaldp. 265
Michael Dirdap. 266
Tim Russertp. 267
Robert Colesp. 268
Diane Sawyerp. 268
1998p. 271
Ruth Bader Ginsburgp. 272
Joyce Purnickp. 273
Norman B. Ricep. 275
Louis V. Gerstner Jr.p. 276
Marian Wright Edelmanp. 278
Kurt Vonnegutp. 279
Johnnetta Colep. 280
Doris Kearns Goodwinp. 281
Stephen Breyerp. 282
The Dalai Lamap. 283
1999p. 285
Madeleine Albrightp. 286
Terry Tempest Williamsp. 287
Bill Bradleyp. 288
Jules Feifferp. 289
Bill Richardsonp. 290
Christopher Reevep. 291
Jane Alexanderp. 292
Brian Lambp. 293
David McCulloughp. 295
Mumia Abu-Jamalp. 295
Zoe Caldwellp. 297