John MacFarlane

NPR’s White House Reporter Tells Grads A Secret to Her Success: Not Realizing Limitations

Tamara Keith—National Public Radio’s new White House correspondent—told graduating philosophy majors that when she received her UC Berkeley degree in philosophy 15 years ago, her dream job was to cover presidential campaigns for MTV.

“But,” she quipped, “covering the White House for NPR would have been a very close second.”

As the department’s distinguished alumni speaker, she offered graduates the following triad of advice: “Never give up. Don’t take no for an answer. Seek out mentors.” Read more about NPR's White House Reporter Tells Grads A Secret to Her Success: Not Realizing Limitations »

Philosophy’s Popularity Soars: Devotees Find It’s More Than ‘An Interesting Path to Poverty’

When students decide to major in philosophy, they are often greeted with shock, bewilderment and parental dismay. And always a few jokes.

Such as: “How do you get a group of philosophers off your doorstep? You order pizza and then throw it outside your yard.” Read more about Philosophy's Popularity Soars: Devotees Find It's More Than 'An Interesting Path to Poverty' »

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