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Talking Education with Richard Lariviere

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In some ways, the new University of Oregon president Richard Lariviere sounds like a lot of emigrants who come to Oregon. First, he thought he’d take a look around just to get to know the state a bit more, but he quickly fell in love with the place. He says he and his wife Jan were contantly amazed at the sheer beauty and the diversity of Oregon’s landscape. As he told the University’s Quarterly Magazine,

The people who have driven around the state with us are probably sick of Jan and me interrupting every conversation every fifteen minutes, saying, ‘My god, look at this!’

He’s only been here since July but he’s already weighed in publicly about the big funding issues higher education faces — some of which we touched on in our show a couple of months ago about the Future of Public Higher Education. Since then, former University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer released a report that outlined proposed changes to the structure of the state’s three largest universities.

And of course, since the civil war football game between the University of Oregon and Oregon State kicks off this Thursday, it seems like as good a day as any to be broadcasting from one of the state’s flagship universities. Whether you’re interested in how athletics or academics will fare under Richard Lariviere, we’d like to hear what’s on your mind.

Are you a college student in Oregon — either at the University of Oregon or elsewhere? Do you have a son or daughter who attends? Are you satisfied with the availability, affordability and stability of higher education in the state? What questions do you have for the University of Oregon president?


  • Richard Lariviere: President of the University of Oregon

Note: This program will be broadcast from the home of Richard Lariviere.

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