This week’s “Rebel With a Cause” is enigmatologist Will Shortz, the world’s only academically accredited puzzle master. He designed his own major at Indiana University, graduating in 1974 with a one-of-a-kind degree in Enigmatology, the study of puzzles. If you … 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 true rebel stands up for what he or she believes is right, not against what’s right. It’s about being an individual, upholding your principles and refusing to simply follow a crowd or let others force you to think and act the same way they do. Rebels are often trendsetters, innovators, trailblazers, thought leaders, change-agents.
In CUNY Baccalaureate, each student designs his or her own major guided by at least one 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 our students are taking “the road less traveled” by designing their own degrees, 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 match our students’ tenacity and ambition.
Lee Lorch led the campaign to desegregate Stuyvesant Town, the massive Manhattan housing development that runs from 1st Avenue to the FDR and from East 14 to East 23, and helped make housing discrimination illegal nationwide. By helping to organize … Continued
Amar G. Bose was a visionary engineer, inventor and billionaire entrepreneur whose namesake company, the Bose Corporation, is known world-wide for its high-quality audio systems and speakers. Bose was born in a Bengali Hindu family and raised in Philadelphia, PA. … Continued
“Stagecoach” Mary Fields (1832-1914) was the first African American mail carrier (male or female) in the United States. Mary began her life as a slave in Tennessee in 1832. Her mother was the personal servant to the plantation owner’s wife, … Continued
In 1963, Leland Mitchell and his Mississippi State teammates had to sneak out of their state to compete in the N.C.A.A. basketball tournament. That’s right, they had to sneak out. Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett and other hard-core segregationists were worried … Continued
Candace Pert was a neuroscientist who, as a graduate student, helped discover a fundamental element of brain chemistry and later became a major proponent of alternative medicine. She was working at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the 1970s … Continued
In 1873, a black man was invited to teach and live on the Columbia campus of the University of South Carolina. He was the school’s first African American professor. Richard Theodore Greener, a rising intellectual who fought for racial equality, was … Continued
Last week’s “Rebel of the Week” was 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 heavy taxation, … Continued
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