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Just Imagine…Mandating Innovation in a Democracy

George Cayley is often referred to as the father of aviation. Most of us have probably never heard of him. But it’s likely that we frequently use one of his innovations, even if we rarely fly. Cayley developed the first seat belt to hold pilots in place as they...

Gender, Sexuality, and Fatherhood

Session 2 of a Film & Conversation Series on LGBTQ+ Generations On November 12th, we watched Tell-By Date, a short film about a trans father who struggles with telling his young son that he is not his biological father and finds that he must also confront his...

A-C-T-I-O-N, We Want Action!

Professor Sophia Braxton taught a Service-Learning class that had a semester-long focus on a community project. She devoted one class period each week to project team discussions. She was very concerned about one of her teams. They just never seemed to follow up on...

The Power of Changing Conversations

Films & Conversation Series Exploring LGBTQ+ Conversations Across Generations On Friday afternoon, November 5th, we convened the first of three films and conversations events about LGBTQ+ Generations. Without being too "meta" about it, in this first session we...

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Just Imagine…Stepping Forward with Innovation

In 1824 Jonathan Letterman was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania as the son of a surgeon. Perhaps he was destined to have a medical career. When he graduated from medical school, he took a position with the Army as an Assistant Surgeon. During most of his early...

Transparency in Responding to Disruptive Forces

On college campuses across the country, the pandemic was a disaster in many different ways. Schools faced tough choices when deciding whether to return fully to in-person instruction. What if their decision-making process ran something like this imaginative...

Just Imagine…The Genesis Spark of Innovation

Rosalind Franklin grew up in a politically active Jewish family in the UK. Her parents helped settle Jewish refugees who escaped the Nazi regime in Germany. She was an outstanding student who excelled in STEM subjects as well as languages and sports. She received a...

Mapping Complexity

The university’s Board of Trustees had a major issue to decide: should the university require the COVID-19 vaccine for all students attending in-person classes? After 15 minutes of discussion, there was no sense of what should be done. The issue was very complex,...