Two weeks ago, when trekking to the mostly deserted campus of the University of Rochester, An eerie quiet at the University of Rochester[FULL UR SERIES AT END], I saw something new to me: fastened near the top of light posts all over were banners titled “The Rochester Effect,” dedicated to various fields within the university: medicine, education, business, the arts and sciences and athletics.
The Rochester Effect
Sunday, when returning to photograph The Rochester Effect banners, I met new members of the Class of 2020 gathered on the Eastman Quadrangle. The occasion — a mini-ceremony in advance of what will soon be their virtual graduation — was happy but bittersweet. The University’s on-campus commencement celebrations scheduled for later this month are cancelled.
Sans caps, gowns and hugs at the impromptu graduation ceremony. The grads looked more like players on a minimalist stage in a theater of the absurd.
According to Rochester.edu/commencement, “The College 2020 Commencement Planning Committee has begun the process of thinking creatively about how we celebrate class of 2020.” Doing so safely — beneath gorgeously sparkling skies that perhaps made the grads forget those occasional frozen tundra moments experienced over the last four years — the group found their own way to celebrate The Rochester Effect.
Presidents — Declaring an open mind for learning ever better
Meredith Gozo, Curator, Rare Books and Manuscripts of the History of Medicine Collection holding photographs of the Bergman family: caption: ’42 – ’43 Peta – Ingrid – Pia; (on the wall) a bust engraved with phrenological brain quadrants. [Photo: David Kramer] from Black History Month at the Corner
Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. Seated to the right, Joseph Henry Gilmore Professor of English James Longenbach who read Francis Ponge’s “Rain” (1982) Seated in front, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren who read Lucille Clifton’s “Won’t you celebrate with me” from Blessing the Boats. Speaking is Peter Connors, Publisher, Boa Editions, 4/6/16 from Blessing the Boats
MUSIC — Mastering the music that unites us for a harmony ever better
Mastering the music that unites us for a harmony ever better
Rush Rhees Library. (left) David Kramer and music students playing the Hopeman Carillon in the dome [Photo: Doris Aman]; (right) View of bells inside the bell lantern [Photo owned by Doris Aman] from “Ring out, Wild Bells”
Co-founders of East High School’s Teaching and Learning Institute, Laura and Daniel Delahanty hold Master’s Degrees in Education from UR’s Warner School of Education. (left) Rochester Education Foundation Partnership Awards Dinner, October 9th, 2013. Laura, center. (right) Democrat and Chronicle columnist Erica Bryant with Dan, 5/5/15 Great Schools for All Conference (Mt. Olivet Baptist Church) from If your children want to be teachers, send them to East
Engineering — Delivering 40,000 joules per billionth of a second for energy ever better
Outside Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Genesee Valley Park near the University of Rochester. Edward Mott Moore (1814–1902) served as president of the American Medical Association and as president of the Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester.
Physics — Peering deeper into space for discoveries ever better
Peering deeper into space for discoveries ever better
Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College.
I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, and the CITY. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism.
Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones. So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are are invited to join.
I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.”
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