Stokes Hall springs to life
Dean David Quigley
At the close of its inaugural semester, Stokes Hall has already made an indelible impression on University life, says David Quigley, dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Why is Stokes Hall a true “home for the humanities”?
We collaborated with the project architects to ensure that Stokes is filled with spaces for discussion and nooks for quiet study; settings that encourage consideration of the enduring questions at the heart of a liberal arts education. When I walk through the building, there are students and faculty gathered together in the Commons, and there’s an energy emanating from the PULSE Program suite—literally every corner of Stokes Hall bustles. It’s thrilling to see how this one building has quickly become a crossroads for the University.
How will Stokes elevate the quality of BC’s liberal arts education?
Stokes is a building worthy of our enterprise and, much as Gasson Hall did when it opened 100 years ago, it reflects Boston College’s values and ambitions. Today, BC aspires to leadership in liberal arts education among American universities. Housing 36 classrooms and five humanities departments, plus the Arts and Sciences Honors Program, Stokes is already helping to achieve that aim by providing a forum for interdisciplinary teaching and research. Stokes will help the University attract and retain leading faculty—and draw outstanding students as well.
Why should the BC community continue to support Stokes Hall now that it is open?
Stokes enables alumni, parents, and friends to participate in something that is transforming the BC experience. Supporting Stokes Hall—through either an annual or a naming gift—allows donors to be a part of BC history while also having an immediate impact on University life. I invite everyone to return to campus and tour the building; you’ll see how much Stokes means at the Heights.