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Bentley Hosts Steven Pinker to Explore How Human Rationale Impacts Academic Freedom and Free Speech

March 27, 2024
Bentley hosted world-renowned psychologist, cognitive scientist and humanist Steven Pinker for a conversation on ways that rational thought — including beliefs relating to reality and mythology — impacts the ideas of free speech, free inquiry and academic…

Bentley Hosts Forum on Free Speech on College Campuses with Legal Expert Harvey Silverglate

March 1, 2024
Bentley recently hosted Harvey Silverglate, free speech advocate and co-founder of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, for a conversation on academic freedom and freedom of speech. Sponsored by the Jeanne and Dan Valente Center for Arts and…

Professor, Alumna Hope to Educate and Inspire Readers in New Book, “This Era of Black Activism”

January 12, 2024
During a 1965 commencement address at Oberlin College in Ohio — the first institute of higher education in the U.S. to admit Black students — Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., shared his unwavering belief that Black Americans would prevail in the struggle for…

This Era of Black Activism

September 8, 2023
The Valente Center for Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of This Era of Black Activism, which includes chapters on this era of Black activism from 2000-2022, partly based on works sponsored by the Valente Center for Arts &…

Undergraduate Research Day 2023 Showcases Bentley’s Research Range

May 5, 2023
Together with the Honors Program and the Liberal Studies Major (LSM), the Valente center organizes an annual Undergraduate Research Day. The 2023 event on April 21 was a great success, some ninety students shared their work. The Undergraduate Research Day…

Yu and The FOOS: 3 Tips for Finding Success in a Creative Career

November 30, 2022
Jonathan Yu ’18, MSMA ’19 was 19 years old when he moved to the U.S. to study at Bentley. It was his first time living outside of Asia — he was born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in Manila, the Philippines — and he recalls feeling alone and adrift. “It was like…

Samantha Lovering ’23 takes an unexpected route to her dream finance career 

January 24, 2022
Even before she was a teenager, Samantha Lovering ’23 thought she had it all planned out. “Since I was 12, I’ve known that I not only wanted to do finance, but that I wanted do investment banking,” she says.  Growing up in the town of Colchester, Conn.,…

‘Black Lives, Black Voices’

April 5, 2021
As an Economics-Finance major, Kimiya Kim ’23 is used to classes covering concepts like monetary theory, derivatives and market analysis. This spring, however, her classroom discussions have included racial justice. Her biggest takeaway? “Racism shapes every…

Kimia Pourshadi, 2020 Recipient of The David A. Fedo Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts & Sciences

May 6, 2020
Dear Kimia,
    Kimia Pourshadi
The David A. Fedo Award for outstanding contributions to the arts and sciences is given to a student pursuing a liberal arts degree who exemplifies outstanding…

Police Use of Social Media During COVID-19

April 28, 2020
Five Highlights to date: In the U.S. from March 1 to March 10 most (78% of accounts) police departments were not posting about the coronavirus (only 7% of total tweets& retweets were about the virus. From March…