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  • 2021 - “Critical Thinking: Defining a Brand in the Fast Lane” with Sean Bratches, Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Company – Ingle Auditorium – September 21, 2021. Watch Video | Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Photo 4 | Photo 5
  • 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 23, 2022 - Fram Speaker Series Lecture “The Role of Diversity in Critical Thinking” - with Dr. Rick Kittles ‘89
  • February 26, 2021 - Fram Speaker Series, RIT Fram Critical Thinking Panel - with Dr. Eugene Fram, Professor Emeritus, BS, M.Litt., Ed.D. and SCOB alums: Phaedra Ruffalo and Robert Fritze, 11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. 
  • 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
  • December 7, 2020 – Cosponsored event – RIT Alumni Relations, SCB, and Collaboratory for Resiliency & Recovery – Zoom Videoconference -- Critical Thinking - Hospitality & Tourism in Times of Crisis: Join RIT hospitality & tourism management faculty and alumni as we discuss how hospitality businesses, specifically lodging properties, have dealt with different dynamics presented by the COVID-19 pandemic in an array of geographic locations throughout the United States. There are many different policies from state to state regarding business operations and travel. Our panelists include Scott Ingwers BS '88 (Hotel & Resort Mgmt.) - Regional VP at Trump Hotels, Honolulu County, Hawaii; Rick McKeown BS '01 (Hotel & Resort Mgmt.) - Complex GM at Ocean Properties, Key West, FL; and Harvey Stern BS '84 (Hotel & Resort Mgmt.) – Exec. Dir. of Catering & Banquets at Bellagio, Las Vegas, NV. The webinar will be   moderated by Rick Lagiewski, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Saunders College of Business Department of International Hospitality & Service Innovation). This webinar is sponsored by RIT Alumni Relations, RIT Fram Chair in Applied Critical Thinking, Saunders College of Business, and RIT's Collaboratory for Resiliency and Recovery. REGISTER HERE
  • November 23, 2020 – Co-sponsored Event – Alumni Relations – Webinar: “Critical Thinking Luxury Tourism”, by Ana Roncevic, BS ‘14—Hotel & Resort Management, RIT Croatia. There were certain trends evolving in the luxury travel industry even before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Are these trends even more valued today? Can we grow beyond our pre-pandemic level of doing business? Let’s take this disruption as a driving force to optimize ourselves as service providers and to re-define the meaning of luxury. REGISTER HERE.
  • October 27, 2020 – Co-sponsored Event – Alumni Relations – Webinar: “Thinking through Business Continuity for the Event Industry during Covid-19: Networking for Success”, by Ines Nanic, BS 04—Hotel & Resort Management, RIT Croatia. In the heart of the devastated industries during the world pandemic in 2020, tourism is surely at the top of the list.   Within tourism, the event industry is by far the one that has suffered the most. Unable to hold events, its recovery will take years. Not only must event companies have the funds to survive during this downtime, they must also be well connected and innovative with their survival plans. REGISTER HERE
  • October 13, 2020 - Cosponsored Event - “Critical Thinking as a professional skill for disruption & innovation”, Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 8:30-9:30 am (EDT). Guest lecture for RIT Croatia Students by Dr. Jennifer L. Schneider. This time is full of uncertainty. This seminar will explore the process of Applied Critical Thinking, and how it can make you more prepared to not only survive but thrive and use disruption as an advantage in your life and your career. This ACT initiative is an RIT-wide effort to make ourselves more present and future ready.
  • October 7, 2020 - Cosponsored Event - “Inferring Distributions of COVID-Positive Individuals from Wastewater Tests on a College Campus”. Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 1:25-2:15 pm. Dr. Nathan Cahill, Director, Mathematical Modeling Ph.D. Program, Associate Professor, School of Mathematical Science. We will show, in the case of RIT’s current 16 wastewater sampling sites, how this Bayesian Network inference strategy can yield important information that could help health officials decide on further coronavirus testing and mitigation strategies. Watch Webinar VIDEO.
  • 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

Our world and our RIT community has lived through a profoundly impactful experience over the last two years. The Fram Advisory Boards and the COVID Stories planning committee invite all of our campus community members to participate in sharing, making meaning from our experience and building momentum for moving forward. Read more about Critically Thinking about our COVID Stories