President Paul Kagame

President Paul Kagame, 2008

The news these days from Africa isn’t all bad. In fact, in some places, it’s downright hopeful, as Rwandan President Paul Kagame (b. 1957) attests. “Our continent is no longer all about violence and disease and human disasters that scarred many African countries in recent decades,” says Kagame. “We are now becoming a continent of opportunities.” There are those who doubted Rwanda could “constitute a viable state,” says Kagame, but 14 years after bloody genocide and civil war, his country has managed an astonishing revival.

Jerome Bruner

Jerome Bruner, 1972

Jerome Bruner (b. 1915) is an American cognitive scientist whose thought has widely impacted teaching. He is considered to be a leading proponent of the discovery approach in mathematical education, and is perhaps the best known and most influential psychologist of the 20th century. Bruner received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, and completed his Ph.D. at Harvard.

Joseph Rhodes, Jr., and James Ahern

Joseph Rhodes, Jr., and James Ahern, 1970

The President’s Commission on Campus Unrest, also known as the “Scranton Commission” was appointed by Nixon and led by former governor of Pennsylvania William Scranton. This 9-member panel held hearings in order to study the dissent and violence breaking out on college and university campuses, as well as the nature of the student strike protesting the Vietnam War, the American invasion of Cambodia, the violent confrontations at Jackson State College, and the killings of students at Kent State University. The Commission concluded that the shootings of students by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State were unjustified.

Isidor I. Rabi

Isidor I. Rabi, 1962

Isidor Isaac Rabi (1898 - 1988) achieved a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Cornell University in 1919, and received his Ph.D. at Cornell in 1927. He spent the next two years in Europe on a fellowship, working with such eminent physicists as Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli, and Otto Stern. He then became a Columbia faculty member spent the remainder of his career at the University.