Hunter Rawlings, President Emeritus of Cornell University, explores the origins of the American idea of freedom. He explains that it arose from two conflicting schools of thought: the ancient Greek strand, which valued communal society over the individual, and the Enlightenment, which prioritized individual freedom.
He discusses how these ideas influenced the founding of America and how they continue to shape modern American society.
Tom Becker is the president of Chautauqua Institution. Becker joined Chautauqua in March 1985 as a vice president of the Institution and vice president of the Chautauqua Foundation. Over the years he was promoted to executive vice president and CEO of the Foundation.
In 2001, he continued as chief executive officer of the Foundation and was named executive vice president of Chautauqua Institution. As chief executive, Becker oversaw the growth of the Foundation into a professional fund-raising organization and led it to raising over $100 million in support of the Institution.
Hunter R. Rawlings III
Hunter Ripley Rawlings III (born 1945) is an American classics scholar and academic administrator.
He is best known for serving as the 10th president of Cornell University from 1995 until 2003. Currently, he serves a professor of classical history in Cornell's Department of History and Department of Classics.
Professor Hunter Rawlings III explains that ancient Greeks had a very different concept of freedom, which they perceived as an obligation, while the American tradition defines freedom as individual rights.