Jonathan Veitch's Commencement Speech
Note: Text of the speech may be provided at a later date.
Jonathan Veitch is the 15th president of Occidental College, a private liberal arts college founded in Los Angeles in 1887, the same year as Pomona College. Veitch was inaugurated as president of Occidental on July 1, 2009, where he has sought to create new partnerships with Southern California's premier cultural institutions and strengthened the College's civic engagement, arts and literacy programs. A Stanford graduate, Veitch earned his doctoral degree in the history of American civilization from Harvard and is the author of the award-winning American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s (1997), among other volumes. His current research focuses on the history of U.S. higher education. He has taught in the English department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and as a professor of literature and history at The New School in New York City, where he also served terms as chair of humanities, associate provost and most recently dean of the Eugene Lang College, the university's undergraduate liberal arts division.