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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.

The Finest Hour

May 10, 2017

The following is an excerpt of remarks given at the Celebration of Teaching and Scholarship, April 25, 2017.
 

June 18, 1940. The Nazis had invaded France and everyone expected Britain to be next. Winston Churchill addresses the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom:

Career-focused education is in our DNA

January 8, 2016

As we return from winter break, many students will be returning from, or beginning their co-ops. With that in mind, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on one of the “crown jewels” of an RIT degree: a career-focused, experiential learning opportunity for our students.

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

 

The Innovative Learning Institute gauntlet

May 13, 2014

"Innovation is creativity with a job to do."

-John Emmerling

"A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad."

-Theodore Roosevelt

 

I often get asked "What's up with the ILI?" It's a fair question and one that deserves answering so I'm dedicating this post to the Innovative Learning Institute. 

International education

April 23, 2014

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– Mark Twain

 

 

Indulge me on this posting as the subject matter is one of my favorites: international education.

Why RIT needs to embrace 'liberating education'

April 1, 2014

"Liberal education: An approach to college learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change." 

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU), “What is a 21st Century Liberal Education?”

 

I like the word 'general', I really do. I use it to set a discussion around 'general principles' or to indicate a collection of ideas that dominate a topic such as 'generally speaking …’

The Center for Multidisciplinary Studies

February 24, 2014

At a university as complex as RIT, it is extraordinarily challenging to be aware of the various gems we have scattered across campus. One such gem is the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies (CMS). For this posting, I thought I'd spend some time discussing the Center and provide three important updates.