• President Edward Burger will formally be inaugurated on March 25, 2014. (Photo by Lance Holt)
    President Edward Burger will formally be inaugurated on March 25, 2014. (Photo by Lance Holt)

Southwestern University will formally inaugurate its 15th president, Dr. Edward Burger, on March 25, 2014.

The installation ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in the Robertson Center and will include an address by President Burger titled “Our Paideia Moment.”

More than 30 colleges and universities across the country will have representatives at the ceremony, and all but one of Southwestern’s graduating classes since 1944 will be represented.

The inauguration will be followed by a “Pirate Party on the Lawn” from 5:15-7:15 p.m. featuring live music by the SU Jazz Band and six food trucks from all over Texas. ALC Steaks from Austin will have steak and burgers, Totally Shredded from San Antonio will have tacos and sandwiches, Pompeii from Dallas will have Italian fare, Dawg Haus from Georgetown will have hot dogs, Coolhaus from Austin will have ice cream, and Gigi’s Cupcakes from Georgetown will have cupcakes.

At 7:30 p.m., the celebration will culminate with the 15th annual Roy and Margaret Shilling Lecture, featuring Scott Simon, novelist and host of National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” program.

Additional events are being planned for the week of the inauguration, including a gala that will support scholarships for first-generation students.

On Monday, March 24, Southwestern will host its first Paideia Connections: Engaging Scholarly Conversations event at 4 p.m. in the Jones Theater. event in which faculty members from different disciplines talk about their work and then engage in a discussion with members of the audience. The March 24 event will feature Alison Kafer, associate professor of feminist studies, and Maria Todd, associate professor of biology. President Burger will serve as moderator for the event.

In conjunction with the inauguration, Special Collections and Archives will set up an exhibit in the library that has photographs and stories of past presidents and their inaugurations. The exhibit will be on display in the library foyer from March 17 until April 1.

Complete details on the inauguration week are available at www.southwestern.edu/inauguration. The Twitter hashtag for the week is #15PresSU.

The inauguration will be webcast on CollegeTVTicket.


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