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Video: Maureen O’Neill ’77 on American Studies and an Arts and Letters Education

Author: Todd Boruff

“An Arts and Letters education is the best grounding. It’s been my making,” said Maureen O’Neill ’77.

O’Neill is the director of development for the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Law. Previously, she was development director for notable organizations such as the Royal Institution of Great Britain and the Earthwatch Institute.

Regarding her success in nonprofit development, O’Neill said, her Arts and Letters education "was paramount to it all.”

O’Neill was one of the initial American studies majors when the program began in 1972. Having lived in five different countries, and now living in England, she was grateful to have analyzed what it means to be an American.

“I feel great ownership over my country as a result of having studied it,” she said.

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