The University community regularly has the opportunity to hear from prominent and thought-provoking guest speakers, whose talks often are open to the public. During the 2010-11 school year, visitors have included academics, policymakers, writers, activists, entertainers, athletes and others. Here is a small sampling of what some of them had to say.
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“There are successful people and people who have success. Successful people enjoy what they do and spread that joy to others; people who have success measure their lives by status, power and money.”
Bill Cowher, former 15-season Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, now a TV football analyst
“We have to have a genuine embrace of humanity with a touch of humility. We have to have a genuine love and compassion that embraces every member of the human family.”
Cornel West, professor at Princeton University and a philosopher, author and activist
“Just as developing countries leapfrogged land-line telephone systems and went right to cell phones, we can expect that many developing economies will leapfrog fossil fuels—or even the grid—if the right alternatives are available.”
Ellen Kullman, CEO of the DuPont Co., speaking at a December conference on campus, “Creating the Clean Energy Economy in Delaware, the Region and the Nation”
“Journalism is like a flashlight that you shine on the darkest corners of the world. We give a voice to the voiceless.”
John Quinones, co-anchor and correspondent for ABC’s Primetime and 20/20, opening Hispanic Heritage Month activities
“We use our criminal justice system to label people of color criminals, and then engage in all the practices we supposedly left behind. This war on drugs was born with black folks in mind, but it has destroyed the lives of families and people of all colors.”
Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, delivering the 2011 Louis L. Redding Lecture