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September 25, 2015 - 3:05pm
Syracuse University alumna Janel Martinez returned to speak about her experiences at the Newhouse School and in the media industry as an Afro-Latina woman.

Syracuse University alumna and multimedia journalist Janel Martinez spoke on her activism regarding Afro-Latina diversity issues in media and shared her experience as a student of color at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Peter Graham Scholarly Commons at Bird Library.

September 16, 2013 - 10:46am
Misha Glouberman was the opening speaker for the 2013 Syracuse Symposium.

“Shut up and listen.”

This is how Dympna Callaghan, interim director of the SU Humanities Center, began the 2013 Syracuse Symposium, “Listening,” on Thursday night at the Hall of Languages.

October 8, 2012 - 4:10pm
Activists challenged attendees to become more aware and concerned with international issues in order to achieve world peace.

Understand. Educate. Connect.

These were the three things that “Shifting the Global Consciousness” panelists urged audience members to do on a daily basis.

“These are not questions of the morality of something, these are questions of our own survival,” said the Dalai Lama.

The panel took place Monday, Oct. 8 at 1:30 p.m. in Goldstein Auditorium and was part of a two-day forum which aims to bring in humanitarian leaders to discuss what it means to work toward achieving global peace.

March 8, 2012 - 11:15am
Award-winning screenwriter for 'The Social Network' will talk to graduates May 13.

Syracuse University announced today SU alum Aaron Sorkin, well-known in the entertainment industry as a powerhouse screenwriter, filmmaker and playwright, will be the commencement speaker for the class of 2012.

Sorkin, who graduated from SU in 1983, has held a sustaining relationship with the university since the College of Visual and Performing Arts established the Sorkin in Los Angeles Learning Practicum in 2006.

May 16, 2010 - 3:46pm
Protesters don’t come to bear; accountability was the major theme of JPMorgan Chase CEO's address.

Jamie Dimon doesn’t mind being held accountable. In fact, he wants to be. For Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Co., it’s a crucial element of achieving success.

“It is completely appropriate to hold me accountable for those things I am responsible for,” Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Co., told students in his commencement address. “We all should be held accountable.

April 15, 2010 - 7:23pm
Student protests against JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon gain attention from university administration, national media outlets.

The debate over Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s choice for Syracuse University’s 2010 commencement speaker continues to rage on.

After JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon was announced as this year's commencement speaker, a group of students protested the decision and don’t seem ready to cease action any time soon.

April 13, 2010 - 7:56pm
Seamus Heaney, the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature recipient, reads poetry and talks about his life as a writer and poet at Hendricks Chapel.

Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet and writer Seamus Heaney gave a lecture at Syracuse University Tuesday evening, April 13, 2010. SU and Le Moyne College students sat impatiently and eager to hear what Heaney had to say.

“I love poetry. He’s the only poet I have come to see here,” said Samantha Kharasch, a freshman modern foreign language major at SU. “As a reader, I understand his works easily. It [his poetry] makes you listen.”  

March 30, 2010 - 9:50pm
Common aims to inspire a crowd of more than 450 people Tuesday night in Hendricks Chapel.

Common waltzed into the Hendricks Chapel and our hearts with an exhilarating freestyle rap that had the crowd energized and ready to listen.


The 38-year-old Chicago rapper spoke of finding your own greatness by “finding your path, believing in your path, living your path, and working hard.”

October 21, 2009 - 10:54am
Commentary: Khaled Abu Toameh spoke with grace and honesty about the Arab-Israeli conflict that affects people worldwide.

Khaled Abu Toameh spoke in the Hegenhan Auditorium in Newhouse III on Monday afternoon, drawing about 75 enthusiastic listeners. 

It was refreshing to hear a presentation about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that seemed honest. Khaled Abu Toameh had a journalistic feel to the way that he spoke – he did not try to solve the problem of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and admitted when he didn’t know the answer. In essence, he was a reporter on and off paper.

September 23, 2009 - 10:55pm
The Grammy-winning R&B singer shares advice on college, pursuing dreams and love.

On an evening when the audience didn't know if they would get a lecture or a concert, soul sensation John Legend took the stage with a soulful cover of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song."


Almost 1,400 students attended Legend’s performance Wednesday night in Goldstein Auditorium. The evening included questions and answers from the audience, a few of Legend's hits, and an inspirational speech.