Monday, August 17, 2015

Soledad O'Brien Will Speak at USM Anniversary of Desegregation Celebration

Soledad O'Brien will be the keynote speaker for the University of Southern Mississippi’s 50th anniversary celebration of the desegregation of the institution.

Her talk will be in conjunction with the university’s “Celebrating 50 Years of Progress: Desegregation of The University of Southern Mississippi” on September 4 at 7 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium.

In September 1965, Southern Miss enrolled its first African-American students, Raylawni Branch and Gwendolyn Elaine Armstrong.

“Fifty years is not a long time considering the great changes that have taken place at USM, in Mississippi and the nation at large. It’s important yet to mark such anniversaries to better understand the past struggles and make even greater strides in the years to come,” said Sherita Johnson, director of the Southern Miss Center for Black Studies. “That is an important mission for the center, through our research, teaching and service activities. Having O’Brien on campus for this occasion illustrates the university’s commitment to educating and empowering the next generation of leaders.”

Monday, July 20, 2015

Soledad O'Brien's Education Story

Soledad O'Brien talks about how her own experiences  - through her parents, as a student and as journalist and philanthropist - have created her "education story."

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Soledad on Tech

Back in 1996, Soledad O'Brien hosted a very early show - THE SITE - on technology and the relatively new Internet. So it might be appropriate that she was ISTE 2015’s opening keynote speaker.

The International Society for Technology in Education might not be the appropriate lace to tell 10,000 educators and education leaders that technology is not the answer to education's problems.

"I might be in the wrong room to say this, but I think technology for technology's sake is a complete waste,” O’Brien said. And the audience gave her a raucous and support response.

Soledad went on to say that she views technology as a tool, a means to an end rather than an end itself.

In the tool category, she invited 10 ISTE attendees to the stage to try out Google Cardboard, a bare-bones virtual-reality experience, using paper-based VR goggles and smartphones. Using the headsets, O'Brien took the attendees on a virtual test drive of a career in veterinary surgery. Technology like this, she said, can expand students' horizons by immersing them in different vocational opportunities.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Honor Delayed: A Soledad O’Brien special report

On June 28, 2015, Soledad O'Brien reports on a special group for whom America's highest honor has remained elusive: the Medal of Honor.

 Honor Delayed: A Soledad O’Brien special report will air on Al Jazeera America.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

So, Soledad posted on Facebook a shot of her in her new eyeglasses. What do you think?