When the 2008 Summit on the University and the Jewish Community came to a close, university administrator Ryan Greene was left with a new perspective. Greene, the director of multicultural and international student programs at Hofstra University, is a veteran of academic conferences. The Summit, however, was different.
“One of the special things about the Summit is that it brings together students, administrators, faculty and local and national community groups which is unique for a conference,” he said. “There has been a wide array of people which allows a wider diversity of ideas and the chance to think more deeply on issues concerning us. It has been a lively debate – that’s the whole notion of discourse. People have been more forward with their thoughts, more willing to share ideas. It’s not something I’ve seen at other conferences.”
The Campus and the News Media panel.
For three days, university presidents, administrators, faculty and chaplains convened with Hillel professionals, students of all faiths, noted authors, sociologists, philanthropists and community leaders to discuss civility and the college student. Nearly 30 sessions, panels and lectures focused on different angles of the university's role in creating a more civil society. Many of the sessions are featured in photographs and videos on this site.
We invite you to read our Summit coverage:
Harvard Prof. Ruth Wisse addresses Summit.
Summit opening plenary featuring Robert Putnam.
Summit Speakers Focus on "Bonding" and "Bridging"
Panel Asks: Does Civic Engagement Help or Hinder the College Experience?
Presidents Get Personal
David Einhorn: Promote Civil Society
Voices of the Summit
Hillel Names Student Exemplars
Hillel Receives Largest Grant in History
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