NYU Alumni Magazine Spring 2008

heard on campus

“Intellect is great. I have no compunctions about having studied it. But ultimately what's needed here and abroad are people of good character.”

Howard Gardner, educational theorist and visiting professor, delivering the inaugural Jacob K. Javits lecture “From Multiple Intelligences to Future Minds”

“The number of times that my reviews made a decisive difference in the fortunes of a movie is a very small one. But on the other hand, it is a very loud bullhorn that I have… if you say something mean in The New York Times, it's like 100 times as mean as it was meant to have been.”

New York Times co-chief film critic A. O. Scott visiting a media ethics class at the journalism departmenT

“I'm not claiming for a totally open border, I'm claiming for an orderly flow of immigrants to this land, for full respect of human and labor rights. Who would crop the vegetable fields in San Joaquin Valley? Who would serve the hotels in Vegas, the restaurants here in New York?”

Vicente Fox Quesada, former president of Mexico, at the Voices of Latin American Leaders speaker series, hosted by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

“The reach of the universities may be far greater than [that of] the United Nations.”

—Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon on climate change and policy during the third-annual Global Colloquium of University Presidents, hosted at nyu