This week’s “Rebel of the Week” is Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson (1390 – 1436). Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson was a Swedish mine owner and nobleman. His family migrated from Germany to Sweden in the 1360s. Frustrated by the overbearing Danish local bailiffs and by … Continued
Rebel of the Week
We typically think of rebels as people who refuse allegiance to, resist or rise up in arms against their governments. But a rebel can be any person who upholds his or her own opinions. A true rebel stands up for what he or she believes is right, not against what’s right. It’s about being an individual and refusing to follow a crowd or let the majority force you to think and act the same way they do, even if that means taking the road less traveled. True rebels know who they are and do not compromise their individuality. Rebels are often trendsetters, innovators, trailblazers, thought leaders, change-agents.
CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA) is the individualized, university-wide Bachelor’s degree at the City University of New York. Each student designs his or her own major in collaboration with at least one full-time CUNY faculty mentor. This is CUNY’s most innovative and flexible degree where students have access to courses across the entire university and they take on a major share of the responsibility for planning and carrying out their studies.
Because many of our students are designing their own degrees, often in new and emerging fields such as Digital Humanities, Sustainable Agriculture, Human Trafficking, Game Design, Synthetic Biology, Cyber Security, and Emergency Management Planning, we’ve come to think of them as rebels, in the very best sense of the word. Accordingly, we’d like to tip our hat to other rebels who have come before them.
This week we salute a group of women as our Rebels of the Week. The Nazis called them “Night Witches” because they flew their missions at nighttime. Russian women piloted planes, one-time crop dusters made of plywood and canvas, and … Continued
Planetary astronomer Mark Showalter is rabid about rings. While everyone knows that Saturn has a spectacular ring system, it’s often forgotten that Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune are also encircled by rings, albeit ones that are fainter and narrower. Each of … Continued