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  • 2019 - Fram Signature Lecture "POWERFUL STUFF: An Entrepreneurial Mindset Built Upon Critical Thinking" with Doug Melton of the Keen Foundation - Ingle Auditorium (SAU) - September 17, 2019Watch Video Read article
  • 2018 - Marco van Hout, Head of Programmes & Impact of the Digital Society School of Amsterdam - October 24, 2018:  Watch Video  CAD Event Photos
  • 2017 - Dr. Ann Quiroz Gates, Department Chair and Professor of Computer Science at University of Texas at El Paso - April 11, 2017: Watch Video
  • 2016 - Dr. Luis Amaral, Co-Director of Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems - April 5, 2016: Watch Video
  • 2015 - Richard Arum, Dean; Professor of Sociology and Education School of Education at UC Irvine and Jim Hall, Executive Director of RIT’s School of Individualized Study: Watch Video
  • 2014 - Anthropologist Genevieve Bell, Vice President and Director of User Experience Research for Intel Labs: Watch Video
  • 2013 - Richard Arum, Professor of Sociology and Education School of Education at UC Irvine: Watch Video
  • 2012 - N. Kathryn Hales, a postmodern literary critic and author: Watch Video
  • March 26, 2019 - Fram Speaker Series - "Applied Critical Thinking for Innovation at Oakley" with Ben Meunier, Electrical-Mechanical Engineering Technology ‘03 - Vignelli University Gallery (Booth 2700) - 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
  • March 7, 2018 - CIAS / Fram Speaker Series - "Ignite Your Creative Spark" with Jason Blythe of Google
  • April 14, 2016 - Lecture by Pamela J. Sydelko, Director, Systems Sciences Center, Argonne National Laboratory - "Webs of Deceit: Detangling the Wicked Problem of Modern Crime" - View Presentation
  • February 7, 2020 - Cosponsored Event - Gray Matter Discussion - "Is There a Case for Reparations?" - MOSAIC Center (SAU 2510) - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Entire List Here
  • December 6, 2019 - Cosponsored Event - Gray Matter Discussion - "Adulting: Do Parents Help Us or Get in the Way?" - MOSAIC Center (SAU 2510) - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Entire List Here
  • November 15 & 16 – Jam for a Cause: Join us for a 24 hour Game Jam to express/develop your creative abilities, development talents, and communication skills in a short amount of time! All proceeds go to Gamers Outreach, an organization that creates all-encompassing gaming systems on wheels that children in hospitals can play. November 15 at 5 p.m. - November 16 at 7 p.m. Event Registration Here. Event Poster Here
  • November 7, 2019 - Cosponsored Event - COLA presents Dr. Wenda Bauchspies - Webb Auditorium (Booth 1350) - 2:00 PM
  • November 6, 2019 - Cosponsored Event - NTID - ARTiculating Deaf Experiences Conference - Full Schedule and Registration Here
  • November 1, 2019 - Cosponsored Event - Gray Matter Discussion - "Vote? Impeach? Neither?" - MOSAIC Center (SAU 2510) - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Entire List Here
  • October 18-20, 2019 - Cosponsored Event - Thought at Work Conference - Booth Hall - 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • October 3, 2019 - Cosponsored Event - RIT Alum David Piantanida, State Oversight Liaison, Enforcement Coordinator, and ELMS Champion Trainer ECAD, Region 8, United States Environmental Protection Agency - "Environmental Policy, Science, Energy, Crisis Communication and Working for the Public Sector" - David Piantanida's Bio
  • October 4, 2019 - Cosponsored Event - Gray Matter Discussion - "Does God Hate Queers?" - MOSAIC Center (SAU 2510) - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Entire List Here
  • September 6, 2019 - Cosponsored Event - Gray Matter Discussion - "Mass Shootings and Gun Violence: The American Illness or a Symptom of Something More?" - MOSAIC Center (SAU 2510) - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • March 22, 2019 - Cosponsored Event - Gray Matter Discussion: "News, Friends, and Yourself:  Is it Naïve to Trust?" - MOSAIC Center (SAU 2510) - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • March 21, 2019 - Cosponsored Event - "Critical Thinking about Unconscious Bias: What is it and why does it matter in healthcare?"
  • February 26, 2019 - Cosponsored Panel Event - "CRISPR and Risk: A Critical Discussion of Gene Editing" - Bamboo Room (CPC 2610) - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • December 6, 2018 - Cosponsored Event - College of Engineering Technology Applied Critical Thinking Showcase - Henry's (01-4125) - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • November 14, 2018 - Cosponsored Event - Graduate Education Week: "How Thinking..." - Campus Center Reading Room (03-2050) - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • October 25, 2018 - Fram Signature Events - Critical Thinking Workshops with College of Art & Design faculty
  • October 23, 2018 - Fram Signature Events - Critical Thinking to Making Workshops with Marco van Hout followed by an evening "Concert" Projection
  • September 14, 2018 - Cosponsored Event - Gray Matter Discussion: "Diversity...again???"
  • April 18, 2018 - COB / Fram Cosponsored Event - "Becoming a Business Leader"
  • April 20, 2018 - Cosponsored Event - CAST ACT Showcase
  • April 11, 2018 - COS / Fram Cosponsored Event - "The Seven Deadly Sins of Big Data - and How to Avoid Them" with Dr. Richard De Veaux - Watch Video
  • March 30, 2018 - Cosponsored Event - Women of Excellence Supporting STEM (WOESS) - STEM Olympics
  • February 16, 2018 - Cosponsored Event - Gray Matter Discussion - "Values vs. Value$...and where does RIT fit?"
  • December 7, 2017 - Cosponsored Event - "CAST Applied Critical Thinking & Learning Showcase"
  • November 16, 2017 - Cosponsored Event - SIOS and the Office of the Fram Chair present "Adam Kubert: The Narrative Art of Comics"
  • October 20-22, 2017 - Cosponsored Event Thought a Work Conference - "The Lazy Sunday Panel: Critical & Creative Thinking" - This annual event is a design conference made for students, by students, and was sponsored in collaboration with the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences
  • September 15, 2017 - Cosponsored Event - Gray Matter Discussion - "Failure, Fear & Fault: What's wrong with YOU?"

Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU) 

As institutions are known for design and innovation, AITU universities are particularly equipped to transform the approaches used to prepare students to critically think to solve complex problems, innovate and lead.

In 2019, the invitation-only summit was a call to use our collective capabilities to move the needle within individual institutions and for the AITU, in general.  Participants launched a ‘scope, design, develop,’ process to innovate our methodologies for imbuing 21st century critical thinking skills by benchmarking related outcomes and assessment practices, creating action plans to enhance our impact, and framing a strategy to communicate the value of our contributions to the teaching and learning of critical thinking in the future.

Summit Goals:

  • Scope the 21st century critical thinking skillset for graduates of AITU schools
  • Create individual institutional action plans to expand or enhance structures to develop student critical thinking for problem-solving, innovation and leadership.
  • Determine next steps for sustaining and expanding this community of practice
  • Frame a strategy to broadly communicate the value of these AITU university efforts

Attendees: Targeting at least one to two implementation leaders from each AITU institution, representing faculty, academic affairs or assessment offices. 

Summit participants represented their universities by:

  • Sharing of best practices for the teaching, learning and assessment for related student learning outcomes in problem-solving, innovation and leadership
  • Designing of action plans for individual institutional improvement
  • Writing of a communication to inform the broader AITU community
  • Drafting of an AITU strategy to create value for consideration by each institution