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September 15, 2017 - 12:11pm
The former CNN and NBC anchor described her crusade to portray minorities in a positive light during her speech.

Thursday evening, Syracuse University’s Coming Back Together event hosted a former CNN and NBC anchor and Harvard graduate to kick off this year’s University Lecture Series. Soledad O’Brien led a lecture focusing on the power of storytelling.

As jazz music piped through the room, current students and alumni alike trickled into Schine Student Center’s Goldstein Auditorium. Chatter, laughter and the sound of flash going off created a hum of anticipation before O’Brien took the stage.

April 25, 2017 - 8:22am
Activist Mirabelle Jones also gave the keynote speech to 15 people in HBC Gifford Auditorium Monday night.

Syracuse University’s Office of Health Promotion hosted its biggest night of Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a keynote speaker and candlelight vigil, helping end a month’s worth of educational programming.

Some 15 people gathered in the HBC Gifford Auditorium on Monday night to listen to Mirabelle Jones share her story and artwork. The crowd then moved outside for the 5th annual SU Rising Candlelight Vigil.

February 25, 2017 - 11:53am
The past week brought unseasonably high temperatures and sunshine to the Central New York region.

During the winter months those on the Syracuse University campus normally walk briskly in puffy coats to get to a warm destination as soon as possible. Yesterday, these same people strolled around campus taking in the unusual February weather.

On Thursday, Syracuse set a new record daily high with temperatures reaching 69 degrees. Friday’s weather tied the all time February record high set on Feb. 19, 1981.

February 8, 2017 - 8:33am
"Language is the only identity I have and even that is questionable," the Pulitzer Prize-winning author said Tuesday night.

For Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, being a writer is about insisting you have a voice – or even voices. She learned this when she began to read, write and translate Italian – even though she grew up with Bengali and English.

“Translation is always an act of interpretation.” said Lahiri, who currently teaches creative writing at Princeton University.

Lahiri discussed the relationship between language, identity and writing Tuesday night during a University Lecture in Hendricks Chapel.

November 10, 2016 - 1:07pm
SU administration responds to backlash after filmmaker Shimon Dotan was disinvited from film festival, prompting conversation about freedom of expression on college campuses.

Art is a platform for political and cultural controversy. Syracuse University has recently received backlash due to taking back the invitation it offered to filmmaker Shimon Dotan, who was scheduled to visit campus to present his film, “The Settlers,” as a part of “The Place of Religion in Film” conference in March 2017.  

October 4, 2016 - 6:40pm
Students gather at the first University Lecture of the year to hear advice from the leader in 3D printing technology.

Innovator and technology evangelist Bre Pettis kicked off the University Lectures Series with an inspiring lecture Tuesday in Hendricks Chapel.

October 3, 2016 - 12:54am
Annual Syracuse Human Rights Film Festival screened documentaries throughout the weekend.

The 14th annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival wrapped up on Saturday after three days of documentary screenings that shed light on humanitarian issues across the world, such as the sovereignty of indigenous lands, the Syrian refugee crisis and LGBTQ rights.

“This festival is mainly for college students,” said founder Tula Goenka, who co-directed the event with fellow SU professor Roger Hallas. “Besides going to school and earning a degree, you will have to think: What is your responsibility as a human being? How are you going to give back to society?”

September 23, 2016 - 1:24pm
For National Magazine Award winner Don Belt, good storytelling is as easy as taking a walk.

Award-winning National Geographic contributor Don Belt instructs his students at the University of Richmond to walk outside and make a map of what they see. They take photos. They ignore the age-old saying “don’t talk to strangers.” This is what Belt calls “taking a walk,” and it is what he encouraged Syracuse students to do at a lecture in the Hergenhan Auditorium this Thursday in a lecture titled “Slow Journalism: Integrating Digital into Traditional Storytelling.”

April 11, 2016 - 9:28am
Albright discussed her 40-year career in international affairs with Maxwell Dean James Steinberg during the eighth annual Tanner Lecture.

Madeleine Albright served as the United States' first female secretary of state from 1997 to 2001 — but to her youngest granddaughter, that’s no big deal.

“Only girls are secretary of state,” Albright recalled her now 14-year-old granddaughter saying at age seven.

March 30, 2016 - 11:12am
Mary Roach, journalist and author of several books, pursues all things considered weird, fascinating or taboo.

Mary Roach can easily be described as gutsy — fairly often, her work literally involves guts.