McRaney acknowledged that the process of changing one’s mind isn’t always black and white, and often it’s uncomfortable to engage with individuals who don’t share the same viewpoint. But he challenged audience members to be open to it.
They engaged on several policy issues of state and national significance, finding some common ground in the problems they identified and respectfully noting where their views diverged.
More than 150 members of the campus community attended the reception, held annually at Olin House.
The ceremony capped a week of special investiture events that celebrated both Mnookin’s ascendency to the chancellorship and the university’s history of curiosity-driven yet revolutionary research, esteemed public service and teaching excellence.