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Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Prof. James Chandler address College Class of 2006

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Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, joined faculty member James Chandler in speaking at the University of Chicago graduation ceremonies under cool, cloudy skies on Saturday, June 10.

Bloomberg was a distinguished guest and delivered remarks at the June 10 graduation ceremonies for undergraduates at the University of Chicago (read the transcript and watch video at The ceremonies were held on the University’s Harper Quadrangle and were one of four sessions for the University’s 485th Convocation held June 9, 10 and 11.

The convocation address, “Education in the Interrogative Mode,” was delivered by James Chandler, the Barbara E. & Richard J. Franke Professor in English and the College (read the transcript). By the end of the weekend, the University will have conferred nearly 3,000 degrees during the convocation to students graduating from its College, and graduate and professional schools.

Bloomberg founded Bloomberg LP in 1982 as a financial information service. It has since grown to include a news service, radio, television, Internet and publishing operations. He was elected mayor of New York in 2001 and re-elected in 2005.

Among his reforms as mayor is the establishment of a city Department of Education to replace a former system of locally elected boards. The new arrangement was intended to increase accountability for the schools.

Bloomberg received a B.S. in 1964 from Johns Hopkins in electrical engineering and an M.B.A. in 1966 from Harvard Business School.

Chandler is an expert on the romantic movement in England; 18th and 19th century poetry; the rise of historicism, and the historical novel; and relations between politics and literature, and history and criticism. He also studies romantic fiction, the Scottish Enlightenment, Scottish and Irish literatures and cultures and film.

He also serves as Director of the Franke Institute for Humanities. Chandler is currently writing Sympathetic Eye: Capra, Commerce, and the History of Sentiment, a book intended to set the work of Frank Capra and of the “golden age” of Hollywood in much longer perspectives of cultural and intellectual history. He is also working on The New Cambridge History of English Romantic Literature, a 300,000-word edited volume in the New Cambridge History of Romanticism, now being revised for the first time since the first edition early in the 20th-century.

The University holds convocation ceremonies four times a year, one session at the conclusion of the summer, fall and winter quarters, and four sessions in the spring. The convocation speaker is always a member of the University faculty.
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