College of Arts and Sciences
In these two lectures on the significance of the creative genius of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) and his development as a Bengali-Indian literary figure of universal stature in the contexts of the East and the West in the dawn of the twentieth century, Dr. Rupendra Guha Majumdar first, drew attention to the manifestation and acknowledgment of his poetry in the West in collaboration with the likes of W.B.Yeats, Sir William Rothenstein, Ezra Pound and Harriet Munroe . The award of the Nobel Prize for Literature soon after, in 1913, further enhanced Tagore’s image of a new world prophet and intellectual and drew large crowds to his humanist and, at times, controversial lectures. He spoke about the self-destructive consequences of myopic Nationalism that the juggernaut of Imperialism brought about at the cost of the peace and equanimity of the common man. Not only did he take a vital part in the independence movement against British colonialism in his own country, but he also protested against political exploitation in every corner of the world. Inspired by his philosophy and the qualities he projected, men and women—like C.F.Andrews, E.P. Thompson, Romain Rolland, Harriet Moody, Victoria Ocampo, W. B. Yeats, Ananda Coomaraswamy, and many more were drawn to him and cherished his friendship and vision. As a seer, poet, essayist, novelist, musician, educationist and late but expressive , septuagenarian painter, Tagore travelled all over the world and also invited the world to his humble courtyard in the creation of his university in Santiniketan, Bengal. Till the last he dreamt of a world in which the East and the West would combine their individual resources and wisdom to ensure a peace and a state of fulfilment that would surpass the conflicts of nations. But when he died in 1941 that dream was yet to blossom into reality.
Dr. Majumdar presenting a book to Suffolk.
Suffolk alum’s picture taken at the Hong Kong protest for democracy was commended at the Open Competition People category at the Sony World Photography Awards.
Frederick H. Dow talked about his father’s legacy at Suffolk Law School and in the legal field, as well as his activism in the South End of Boston. Jessica Sedgwick talked about the archivists’ work in identifying history of diversity at Suffolk and how the Archive could be used. Allan Tow, an Asian American who grew up in the 1950s, talked about his teaching experiences and legal practices as well as his thoughts on typecasting in his acting and modelling work.
Suffolk has a student studying in Seoul, Korea this summer. He is Neilson Lam, a business major specializing in management, who is at Yonsei University, one of our partner schools.
Neilson was awarded a scholarship from the Jongha Student Scholarship Foundation, established by the KCC Company, which has been giving scholarships to Suffolk students for the past four years.
In June Neilson arrived in Seoul to begin the summer term and received the scholarship money during a meeting at KCC Company. Our congratulations to Neilson and our continued thanks to KCC.
Story on the College’s homepage.
(From L to R) SH Lee, President of KCC Company; CY Lee, Chairman of KCC Company; Suffolk student Neilson Lam: Ronald Suleski, Director of the Rosenberg Institute at Suffolk University.
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