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"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."

June 27, 2017

The following is a transcript of remarks given at RIT's 132nd Commencement Ceremonies in May, 2017.

Inscribed in stone at the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial down in Washington D.C. are the words “We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."

Dr. King used these powerful words, originally spoken by abolitionist minister Theodore Parker, many times to inspire meaningful hope in the context of reality.

Purpose and Grit

September 2, 2016

Note: The following is a transcript of remarks given at the 2016 President's Address to the Community. 

It has been a short but great summer. Really short. Really, really short.  It seems like RIT starts earlier with each passing academic year. Makes you wonder who is in charge of the academic calendar … oh, wait! …

Frankenstein, symbolic logic, and student-centered research at RIT

September 11, 2015

babbage and lovelaceOccasionally, I read a really great book that is worth sharing and I’m pleased to share Walter Isaacson’s book “The Innovators: How a group of hackers, geniuses, and geeks created the digital revolution”. It is about those people who created the computer and the Internet and how innovation occurred, bringing about one of the most important revolutions in our lives. 

Hope and the Art of Teaching

September 5, 2014

"The difficult I'll do right now

The impossible will take a little while."

 — Billie Holiday from “Crazy He Calls Me”

 

 “Hope is not prognostication. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart.”

-- Vaclav Havel, The Impossible Will Take a Little While