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2018耶鲁大学校长“开学第一课”:倾听与尊重(视频+原稿)

2018-09-07 11:21

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  耶鲁大学校长苏必德 (Peter Salovey)近日发表致2022届新生的开学演讲。他向新生传递了“耶鲁公民”这一概念,希望来自不同国家和地区、不同文化背景、持有不同观点的耶鲁人都能享受耶鲁大学带来的权利,同时在校园外也能实现自己作为耶鲁公民的义务——抱有好奇,善于倾听,尊重文化,服务他人。耶鲁校长讲给新生的这番话,或许可以启发所有人的思考。下面就让我们一起来聆听这段精彩演讲:

  演讲稿双语原文:

  Good morning! On behalf of my colleagues here on stage, I extend a warm welcome to all the family members with us today. And to the first-years, transfer students, and Eli Whitney students: Welcome to Yale!

  Today is a day of pageantry and excitement. Many of you bring members of your extended families to cheer you on, celebrating this milestone with justifiable pride and just a little anxiety.

  大家早上好,在此我谨代表各位同事向2022届的本科新生们、转校生们以及Eli Whitney项目的学生们表示最诚挚的欢迎。欢迎来到耶鲁!

  今天是激动人心的一天,也是值得庆祝的一天。你们中的许多人今天和家人一起来到现场,带着自豪和一丝紧张,一起来庆祝人生中的这一重要里程碑。

  Today is also a day of Yale traditions. You will encounter countless wonderful rituals here, some recent and some quite old. Many are steeped in history yet remain popular, even beloved, among Yalies. (And remember, you are now a Yalie!)

  One of our Yale traditions is singing an old song, “Bright College Years.” Written in the late 19th century, it is our unofficial, but widely acknowledged, alma mater. You will hear it at many campus events, often sung by the Yale Glee Club and other Yale groups, and played by the Yale Precision Marching Band after football games.

  今天也是耶鲁诸多传统中的一天。你们将看到很多精彩的仪式,有些是近几年才开始的,有些则相当古老。许多历史悠久的仪式,至今仍然相当流行,深受耶鲁人喜爱。当然,现在在座的你们也是耶鲁人!

  耶鲁的传统之一是唱一首古老的歌曲,叫Bright College Years 《美好校园年华》。它诞生于19世纪晚期,虽然是非官方的歌曲,却受到广泛认可。你将在许多校园活动中听到这首歌,通常是由耶鲁合唱团或其他耶鲁团体演唱,或是在美式橄榄球比赛后由耶鲁大学仪仗队进行演奏。

  Now, I am not a singer. I am a bluegrass bass player. But I hope you will indulge me for a moment:

  The seasons come, the seasons go,

  The earth is green or white with snow,

  But time and change shall naught avail

  To break the friendships formed at Yale.

  These couplets are some of my favorites from “Bright College Years,” and, in my experience, they are truthful. I suspect they will prove accurate for you as well. But it is the song’s final lines, popular at alumni gatherings and always sung with gusto, complete with the waving of handkerchiefs, that I want to use to launch my topic for today:

  Oh, let us strive that ever we

  May let these words our watch cry be,

  Where’er upon life’s sea we sail:

  “For God, for Country and for Yale!”

  “For God, for Country, and for Yale:” A member of the Yale College Class of 1881 named Henry Durand wrote this ballad, and the final lines were meant to be a rallying cry. It made sense in those days to presume, as Durand did, that most Yale students shared, or at least professed to share, the same god and the same country. Most Yalies, until recent decades, were white, Protestant, and American. And of course, until fifty years ago in Yale College, they were all men.

  当然,我不是个歌手。我其实是一名蓝草贝斯手。但现在,我希望你们能允许我给大家小唱一段:

  春去秋来,花落花开

  碧绿草地,转瞬皑皑

  星斗虽移,世事或迁

  耶鲁情谊,坚固永远

  这是《美好校园年华》歌词中我最喜欢的一段,也是相当真切的一段。我相信有一天你们也会发现这段话的道理。但是我想用来开始今天演讲主题的,是这首歌的最后几行,也就是在校友聚会中深受欢迎且被多次传唱的一段:

  努力奋发,一如从前

  相与相勉,牢记箴言

  鼓勇扬帆,沧海征途

  为主为国,也为耶鲁

  “为主为国,也为耶鲁。”这首歌是耶鲁大学1881届一位名叫Henry Durand的学生所作,最后这一段歌词是为了号召大家团结奋发。在当时,像Henry Durand一样,大多数的耶鲁学生都来自同一个国家,信奉同一宗教。甚至到本世纪上半叶,大多数耶鲁人都是白人、新教徒且来自美国本土。直到50年前,耶鲁学生甚至全部为男性。

  Today, Yale is a different place from the college Durand knew. We welcome people from around the world, from every background and from every walk of life.

  I am proud to be a Yale graduate. I received my Ph.D. in psychology from Yale in 1986. A hundred years earlier, I may have been less likely to have been admitted to Yale on account of my background; I am Jewish, with roots in Eastern Europe. My wife Marta, another proud Yale graduate, received her master’s degree in public health in 1984; her family is from Puerto Rico. Our stories are not unique. Over the past decades, Yale has opened its doors wider and wider. We have expanded the circle of belonging.

  当然,今天的耶鲁早已不再是当时Henry Durand所认识的那所大学。我们欢迎来自世界各地的学生,不论背景,不分阶层。

  作为耶鲁大学的毕业生,我感到很自豪。1986年,我在耶鲁大学获得心理学博士学位。如果在一百年前,我很可能由于我的背景而无法被耶鲁大学录取。我是来自东欧的犹太人,我的妻子Marta也是一位耶鲁毕业生,她于1984年获得公共卫生硕士学位,而她的家族来自波多黎各。我们的故事无独有偶。过去几十年,耶鲁大学的校门为全球学生敞开,我们组成了一个更大、更包容的大家庭。

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