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Scholarship in Action

Speeches and Writings by Chancellor Cantor on Scholarship in Action

This page contains speeches and writings by Chancellor Cantor on Scholarship in Action. To view her most recent University and campus-based addresses and messages, click here.


Diversity in Higher Education: Our Communities Need More than ‘Narrowly Tailored’ Solutions
Huffington Post Commentary, August 2, 2013.

Higher Education’s Public Mission: Prosperity, Democracy, Justice
University of Kansas, March 28, 2013.

The Modern University: Engagement Outside, Contests Inside
University of California at Davis, March 7, 2013.

Scholarship in Action and the Connected Community
iConference, Fort Worth, Texas, February 12-15, 2013.

The Academy as a Zone of Neutrality: Not True and Not Good
Dialogue on Deconstructing War Zones, a symposium of the Syracuse University Africa Initiative, February 2, 2013.


Promoting Full Participation, Quality Innovation, and Public Problem-Solving
European Gender Summit 2012, Brussels, Belgium, November 29, 2012.

Higher Education’s Public Mission: Diversity and Innovation Together
University of Delaware, October 23, 2012

The Supreme Court and Affirmative Action in the 21st Century: Michigan, Texas and Beyond
University of Michigan, October 18, 2012

Can Psychological Science Serve the Public Good?
American Psychological Association’s 2012 Science Leadership Conference, September 25, 2012.

Universities as Anchor Institutions: Building Coalitions and Collective Expertise
University of Nevada-Las Vegas School of Architecture, September 25, 2012

Connecting with the Community: Universities and Civic Engagement
Chapman University, September 24, 2012

What Shall We Do? Higher Education's Existential Crisis
Huffington Post Commentary, September 6, 2012

What Counts? Higher Education’s Existential Identity Crisis
University of Illinois at Chicago annual leadership retreat, August 21 2012

Affirmative Action: Supreme Court Case on Tap
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Commentary, August 10, 2012

The Public Mission of Higher Education: Barn-Raisings a Century Later
Advancing the Year of the Wisconsin Idea, University of Wisconsin-Madison, May 23, 2012

Scholarship in Action: For a New Generation
American Educational Research Association annual meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Monday, April 16, 2012

Intensifying Impact: Engagement Matters
North Carolina Campus Compact Tenth Anniversary Civic Engagement Institute, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, February 15, 2012


Anchor Institutions: Connecting with Community for Innovation and Opportunity
Rio Grande Summit at University of Texas at Brownsville, October 6, 2011

"Are College Rankings Out of Step with America's Future?"
Huffington Post Commentary, September 20, 2011

"We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For”
Huffington Post Commentary w/ Dr. Harry Boyte, August 24, 2011

"It's Graduation Time - So What Do We Want from Universities?"
Huffington Post Commentary, May 26, 2011

Gender Equity in the Sciences: Forging a "Third Space"
Keynote Address, The College of New Jersey, May 20, 2011

Inciting Insight: Situating the Arts in Higher Education
University of Michigan, May 6, 2011

Scholarship in Action: Remapping Higher Education
Wellesley College, April 20, 2011

"One Nation, Indivisible": The Value of Diversity in Higher Education
Keynote Address, University of Michigan, March 6, 2011


Scholarship in Action and the Public Mission of Universities
Baylor University Presidential Inaugural Lecture Series, December 7, 2010

Transforming Higher Education through Engagement
Imagining America Plenary, September 23, 2010

Academic Excellence and Civic Engagement: Constructing a Third Space for Higher Education
Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference, March 25, 2010

Women in the Academy: Reflections on Best Practices for Survival and Success
Washington University, St. Louis, February 17, 2010


A New Morrill Act: Higher Education Anchors the 'Remaking of America'
Cover Story, American Council on Education's (ACE) The Presidency, Fall 2009

Remaking America: Universities as Anchor Institutions
University of Pennsylvania, June 3, 2009

Remaking America: Universities as Anchor Institutions-The Syracuse Example
University Address, Syracuse University, March 19, 2009

Women as Academic Leaders: Insider Voices with Outsider Values
Bryn Mawr College, February 24, 2009

Scholarship in Action: Transforming Communities and Higher Education
University of California at Davis, Public Intellectuals Series, February 17, 2009

Why Diversity Still Needs a Champion
Annual Meeting National Assn. of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, February 10, 2009


Candidates, Hear the Cry: 'No Group Left Behind'
Chronicle of Higher Education commentary, September 26, 2008

The University at a Crossroads: How Higher Education Can Meet the Demands of Today's Entrepreneurial Economy
Panelist, Milken Institute 2008 Global Conference, April 28, 2008

The Two-Way Street of Scholarship in Action
University Address, Syracuse University, March 18, 2008


Women in the Academy: Insider Voices with Outsider Values
Emory University, October 4, 2007

Universities and Schools: Partners in a Diverse Democracy
University of Virginia, Forum on the Academy in the 21st Century, September 27, 2007

Imagining America; Imagining Universities: Who and What?
Imagining America Annual Conference, September 7, 2007

Undergraduate Education: From Consumers to Citizens in a Knowledge Economy
Columbia University, American Studies Program, April 13, 2007

Higher Education on the World Stage of Democracy: Overcoming an "Anemia of Deeds"
University of Pennsylvania, Center for Community Partnerships, March 29, 2007

Building Social Capital with Bonds and Bridges
Foundation for the Carolinas Annual Meeting, February 15, 2007

Scholarship in Action and the Expansive Mission of Higher Education
University Address, Syracuse University, January 23, 2007

Scholarship in Action: Why Community Commitment Matters
University of Michigan, January 12, 2007


Scholarship in Action: The Case for Engagement
Wesleyan University, November 29, 2006

Multiculturalism, Universalism, and the 21st Century Academy
Stanford University, Future of Minority Studies Colloquium, July 28, 2006

Acting on the Commitment: The Continuing Case for Diversity in Higher Education & Current Challenges
National Council for Research on Women Leadership Summit, June 22, 2006

Taking Public Scholarship Seriously
Chronicle of Higher Education commentary, June 9, 2006 (with Steven Lavine)

Building Intellectual and Social Capital through Diversity and Innovation
The City Club of Cleveland, June 9, 2006

Universities and Their Connected Communities: Creating Capital for the Future
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, March 6, 2006

Conversations on Pluralism in a City of the World (PDF)
Inauguration of SU's Faraday House in London, January 10, 2006


Individuals, Ethics, and Empathy of Mind
Chautauqua Institution, August 12, 2005

Collaborations on the Creative "Campus"
Cornell University, May 3, 2005

Chancellor Cantor's White Paper on Scholarship in Action
Syracuse University, April 2005

Scholarship in Action: Building the Creative Campus
University Address, Syracuse University, April 11, 2005


Exploring the Soul of Syracuse, Together
Inaugural Remarks, Syracuse University, November 5, 2004

From Individual Rights to Societal Health: Before, During, and After the Michigan Cases
NYU, May 19, 2004

Thoughts on Art, Truth, and Higher Education
The American Assembly, March 12, 2004


Poised Between Two Worlds: The University as Monastery and Marketplace
EDUCASE Review, March/April 2003 (with Steve Schomberg)