A Message from Dean Hall: Educating Students to be Engaged Citizens

A Message from Dean Hall: Educating Students to be Engaged Citizens


Hi, this is Donald Hall, Dean of Faculty of
Arts, Sciences and Engineering at the University of Rochester. And this is the third of my meditations on
what’s important at universities today. You know, one of the things that I feel most
strongly about it that we have a responsibility to create engaged citizens. To work with students so that they are well-prepared
to go out into the world to be active community members, to be thoughtful voters, and to engage
with people unlike themselves in order to find common ground, sometimes to agree to
disagree, but to really participate civilly in a broader American and world culture. We have a great opportunity for that coming
up here. We have Angela Davis coming on campus March
5th at 6 p.m. in the Feldman Ballroom, free and open to the public. She’ll be talking about how we as universities
can better create active citizens and engaged thinkers. It will be followed, her talk, by a panel
discussion and then there will be an open dialogue with community members. We may not agree with her, we may not agree
with each other, but that is precisely the point. We on university campuses have a unique role
to play in changing the dialogue in American culture today. So I hope you’ll come, you’ll participate
in the dialogue with us, you’ll come to the Angela Davis event because we really do have
I think a unique opportunity to do something different and to lead the way in American
culture. Thank you.

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