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Convocation 2013

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Renowned psychological researcher Dr. Jean Twenge, author of Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before. Dr. Twenge will discuss data from 1.3 million young people and what it reveals about teaching today's college students.

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Dr. Twenge writes, "We live in a time when high self-esteem is encouraged from childhood, when young people have more freedom and independence than ever, but also far more depression, anxiety, cynicism, and loneliness . . . More than any other generation in history, the children of Baby Boomers are disappointed by what they find when they arrive at adulthood." Dr. Twenge's presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A featuring Chair of Fine Arts, Meg Cranston, Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Heather Joseph-Witham, Adjunct Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Foundation, Rob Spruijt, and Assistant Vice President for Student Success/Dean of Student Affairs, Laura Kiralla.

 

The program concludes with our annual Teaching Excellence Awards celebration, honoring three of Otis’ finest faculty members:  Bill Kelley, Renee Petropoulos, and Harry Mott.

 

Following a community luncheon, all faculty and staff will convene for a special message from President Hoi.