Greetings, It is the case, of course, that vacation happens in the summer for all of us, more or less. But it is also true that the Pacific education does not go on pause for three months. On the contrary: in the summer, faculty focus on research projects they may have had to put on … Continue reading Dean’s Newsletter, September 2018
By RENA FRADEN College of the Pacific dean (Delivered during the College of the Pacific's Diploma and Hooding ceremony, May 12, 2018) Next Saturday I’m going to Rwanda. My daughter is taking a week off work, as am I, to visit my nephew, her cousin, Max, a doctor, who spends six months a year at … Continue reading Dean Fraden’s Commencement address
By RENA FRADEN Dean, College of the Pacific I have sat in on a lot of ceremonies over the last decade, graduations, convocations, in which we are told and reminded that the pace of life has sped up. Since when, I silently ask myself? Since we pushed out from the Great Rift Valley in Africa? … Continue reading The value of slowing down
By RENA FRADEN Dean, College of the Pacific Those of us who teach or administrate, like, I imagine, many folks in other lines of “social . . . work” find ourselves all the time in front of audiences of various sorts. I am speaking about in the flesh audiences, not virtual ones, not reading audiences or … Continue reading When speakers and audiences connect
By RENA FRADEN Dean, College of the Pacific A few weeks ago, College of the Pacific mounted our third annual X-Boundaries panel discussion. The aim is to bring professors from across the university together to discuss from their own particular disciplines and viewpoints a topic of universal interest. Our first was on terror: what to … Continue reading AI and the cautionary tales we tell
By RENA FRADEN Dean, College of the Pacific I have been musing lately about what it means to be a writer and whether I am a writer given that mostly what I do is write memos. I once wrote books. But since even when I was writing books, I was writing “academic” books, which sort … Continue reading What does it mean to be a writer?
By RENA FRADEN Dean, College of the Pacific I have been binge watching a 16-part German-made television show (the most expensive German made for television show ever!) on Netflix called “Babylon Berlin” set in the 1929 democratic Weimar Republic. It is psychologically astute (there is a psychiatrist in it!) and morally layered in its portrayal … Continue reading “Babylon Berlin”
By RENA FRADEN Dean, College of the Pacific At Thanksgiving, my brother said chemistry and biology professor Jennifer Doudna was going to get the Nobel Prize in 2018. But brothers say lots of things, all the time. Still, he’s not always wrong. So I bought a copy of A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and … Continue reading “A Crack in Creation” raises profound questions about the power of humans