Mark Zuckerberg and a number of prominent Silicon Valley figures discussed their experiences with founding and growing startup companies at Startup School 2012.
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William G. Bowen, former president of Princeton University, drew attention to the crippling debt burden placed on students by universities in his two-part talk on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Emphasizing the power of institutions like Stanford and Princeton, he argued that a cooperative and immediate effort by elite universities could pull America’s national higher education system back from the brink of disaster.
On the heels of a presidential debate dominated by discussion of the economy, Nobel Laureate and Professor Emeritus Kenneth Arrow discussed the pertinent economic issues of the day with the Professor of Economics John Taylor, Ph.D. ’73.
According to Abbas Milani, the Iranian Revolution of 1979 has made even Iranians realize that human rights go beyond political rights; the idea of human rights as a Western concept, he argues, was concocted by “racists in the West and despots in the East.”
“This University and this moment fills me with a sense of gratitude. Today is not just a day of celebration but a day of appreciation.”
Cory Booker ’91 M.A. ‘92, mayor of Newark, NJ, delivered the keynote address today to the class of 2012 at Stanford’s 121st Commencement. Booker gave a very personal speech, focusing on his father and grandfather and sharing from his experiences in Newark.
The speech of Chinese citizens is “individually free but collectively in chains,” said Gary King, director of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science and a professor in Harvard’s Department of Government.