Issue Date: 
November 2, 2015

Exploring Julian Bond's Legacy

“Where Do We Go From Here?” was the topic of an Oct. 20 discussion panel held by Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems. Panelists viewed excerpts from a speech Bond made at Pitt five years ago—and they then reflected on his optimism, his commitment to fight difficult battles in the U.S. Senate, and his ability to educate people about critical issues. From left, are panelists Larry E. Davis, Pitt School of Social Work dean; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Executive Editor David Shribman; Pitt Professor of Social Work John Wallace, who served as the panel’s moderator; National Urban League Washington Bureau Executive Director Donald Cravins Jr.; Jessica Ruffin, COO, Coro Center for Civic Leadership; NAACP Youth and College Division Director Sammie Dow; and Pitt Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia E. Beeson. Looking ahead, Dow said, “We need to harness young people’s energy and listen to their ideas.” Bond died Aug. 15, 2015, at age 75.


National Security Agency Director Visits

Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and the Matthew B. Ridgway Center hosted Admiral Michael S. Rogers, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, on Oct. 26 in Posvar Hall. The admiral, who was introduced by Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, encouraged students in the audience to consider the nation’s cyber challenges and to recognize that there are good jobs available for professionals who want to help solve them.