Twitter makes me lazy. #TEDXCUNY

It’s so easy to post on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  I mean, they don’t make me lazy, really, I do that to myself, but they do enable the soundbite that defeats any attempt at nuance or a complex message. So I’m inspired by today’s FIRST TEDX@CUNY conference to post my opening remarks.  I also do that […]

Speaking of giants: Congrats, Macaulay Class of 2014 graduation!

To the Macaulay Honors College, Class of 2014 — Do you remember the first time we met, back in 2010? Under a certain giant whale? Right from the start, I knew you were something special. But I’d almost forgotten about that welcome reception at the American Museum of Natural History until we asked you a […]

The Confidence Gap: check this out.

A review of personnel records at Hewlett-Packard found that women applied for a promotion only when they believed they met 100 percent of the qualifications listed for the job. Men were happy to apply when they thought they could meet 60 percent of the job requirements.  

Ding, dong, the #SAT is…not quite dead. My 2 cents on where College Board and Coleman got it right, plus a roll-up of some press.

He’ll be blamed for doing too much, for doing too little, and for thinking that he can swap the Darth Vader cloak of the College Board for the Technicolor Dreamcoat of Sal Khan. But really, let’s give a major t/h to David Coleman for acknowledging the failure of the SAT. For saying bold words like […]

The weekend ends with great sorrow at the loss of Isaiah O’Kane, Hunter ’17.

We are deeply sorry to share the sad news that a beloved member of our community, Isaiah O’Kane, Hunter ’17, died today from a serious subway accident that occurred on Saturday.  We all mourn this untimely passing of a wonderful young man. We will update you as soon as we have any further information regarding […]

Responding to emails, calls, and more re @macaulayhonors #CUNY and the first day of our Professor #Petraeus seminar.

Monday, Sept 9 2013 was a great day for learning. Millions of NYC school children returned to their classrooms. New Yorkers were preparing to exercise their right to vote. And in one classroom at Macaulay Honors College, Dr. David Petraeus, visiting professor of public policy at Macaulay Honors College for the 2013-14 academic year, taught […]

What’s a university good for….and other mysteries.

Our university is a place where complex issues and points of view across the political and cultural spectrum are considered and debated in the hopes that we might offer solutions to the problems in our world. In order to advance reasoned debate on such issues, it is important that multiple points of view be heard.   Great […]

Dr. Petraeus teaching at Macaulay for $1, no typo there, just good will. Wonder if you know it when you see it?

Macaulay has been much in the news lately.  So here is an update: Dr. David Petraeus, our Visiting Professor of Public Policy for 2013-2014, will be teaching his honors seminar, “Are We on the Threshold of the (North) American Decade?” for an annual salary of $1 per year.   This was his decision, and it speaks to […]

A Father’s Day salute to Paul Soros: a remarkable man, brilliant and kind and compassionate.

Here’s the NYT obituary with the sad news that Paul died yesterday, and some details about his distinguished career.  On top of his engineering genius, which transformed ports and shipping all over the world, he was an Olympic skier and tennis player?  And a Hungarian refugee from the Nazis?  Passport forger and entrepreneur?  Hard to imagine […]

That Earp Curse! I hope it didn’t follow me to Santa Barbara.

Leaving beautiful Santa Barbara this morning.  Never thought of it as setting for one of my favorite dystopia films, though Day One:  Saw the wild fires as soon as we landed, those beautiful mountains wreathed in black smoke.  By the time I arrived at the hotel, the staff was busily sweeping ash off the outdoor […]