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The Case Against Cynicism,” Hilton Als RISD 2016 Commencement Address

[We] could hope because we’d seen what it had done for us. We were refugees from the world’s cyn­i­cism because we’d grown up in belief, and knew just as our moth­ers knew, that each act of mak­ing is born out of hope because there, in the rank earth where cyn­i­cism flow­ers, noth­ing grows.

Nettrice Gaskins on Techno-Vernacular Creativity and STEAM

I think the part that engages stu­dents that are from under­rep­re­sent­ed eth­nic groups is miss­ing. I think they don’t see them­selves reflect­ed, don’t see their inter­ests or their cul­tures reflect­ed, so they stay out­side of it even if it’s free, or even if it’s some­thing that is in their neigh­bor­hood.

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