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Multicultural Male Summit on March 29. More
than two hundred people, including students,
attended workshops, forums, and lectures in
Greene and Carswell Halls. The theme of the
summit was “Identity: Who am I? . . . Why am I?”
A symposium on the life and legacy of
Thomas Dixon Jr. (1883) was held April 10–13.
Organized by Randal Hall (’94), Associate Direc-
tor of Merit-Based Scholarships, and Michele
Gillespie, Associate Professor of History, with
assistance from Divinity School Dean Bill Leon-
ard, it examined race, religion, gender, and the
power of popular fiction and film. Dixon was
a nationally prominent minister, lecturer, and
writer at the turn of the twentieth century. A pro-
ponent of urban social reform through Christi-
anity, he was also an advocate of subservient roles
for women and a virulent racist, whose books were the basis of D.W. Griffith’s monu-
mental silent film The Birth of a Nation, which harshly stereotyped blacks and justi-
fied the rise of the Ku Klux Klan.
On April 1, the University hosted a technology consortium for faculty and staff
of southeastern colleges and universities. It brought together leaders in higher edu-
cation technology to share ideas and discuss effective uses of classroom and cam-
pus technology. David G. Brown, Dean of the International Center for Computer
Enhanced Learning (ICCEL), delivered the keynote address.
Randy S. Casstevens (’87, MBA, ’95), Chief Financial Officer of Krispy Kreme,
spoke on corporate responsibility as a part of the Calloway School’s Joseph A. Jones
Finance Lectureship. An even larger luminary, Ron Clark, Oprah Magazine’s first “Phe-
nomenal Man,” spoke on February 11 in Brendle Recital Hall. A fifth-grade teacher
at Public School 83 in Harlem and the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year,
Clark’s innovative pedagogy gained national recognition. ABC turned his life story
into a Sunday Night Movie of the Week. He spoke on “Teaching through Adversity—
Facing Challenges and Making a Difference” and returned to campus in mid-April to
sign copies of his new book, The
Essential 55: An Award-Winning
Educator’s Rules for Discovering
the Successful Student in Every
Child (Hachette).
On March 19, W. Deen
Mohammed, the leader and
international spokesman for the
American Society of Muslims,
presented a lecture, “Respecting
Human Dignity: A Prerequisite
for 21st-Century Leaders.” A
few days later, on March 24, the
Ross Smith
Michele Gillespie
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