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Said on Campus --- Quotes from recent lectures and talks at St. Mary's College of Maryland

Written by Flora Lethbridge-Cekju, Robin Bates, Lee Capristo, and Janet Haugaard

I was about 11 or 12 years old when I heard the Ballade No. 1 in G minor by Chopin. I remember I was sitting on the floor, and I doubled up with a kind of pain when I heard the incredible mystery and beauty of the piece. And I said to myself, "How - how is all this beauty possible? What is it?" It was almost as if I had been wounded. In a way that wound has shaped my life. Maybe we should all be wounded that way at some point in our lives.

--SMCM music professor and acclaimed pianist Brian Ganz at a Piano Talk April 1, 2010.



Three million people have been rendered homeless since the genocide began in 2003 in Darfur. That number is near incomprehensible....The destruction is not just the killing of people, but also the killing of their spirits, their culture, their familial ties, etc. This is the genocidal strategy....There is a great deal of potential for breaking this cycle of violence that has been occurring since the country gained its independence.
--Human rights activist and St. Mary's College Nitze Senior Fellow John Prendergast in his talk "Stopping Genocide: Darfur and Beyond" Feb. 16, 2010, describing the ongoing conflictin Sudan and the urgency for action from the international community to end it.



Melissa DeckmanBeing rejected from Princeton was one of the best things that happened to me. If I'd gone to Princeton, I really would have missed out on the treasures of a liberal arts college....No matter what career path you choose, a start in the liberal arts is one of the best starts you can make.

--Melissa Deckman, '93 St. Mary's graduate, speaker at thePhi Beta Kappa induction ceremony April 6, 2010, and the Louis L. Goldstein Associate Professor of Public Affairs and chair of the Political Science Department at Washington College.






This is now the longest war in American history....What about the situation in Afghanistan? I think one word can describe it, disaster. A war that should have ended in 2002 or 2003 has gotten away from us....I think one of the mistakes we've made here is that we've imposed too many of our ideas on them. If Afghanis want democracy, they have to form their own idea and structure of democracy.
--Bruce Riedel, senior fellow in foreign policy at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy of the Brookings Institution and former CIA agent, in his talk "Obama's War: Al Qaeda,Afghanistan, and Pakistan" April 1, 2010.

I always thought I was born to write in the wrong place.
--Author Debra Marquart, in The Point News, Jan. 28, 2010, describing how she wrote her memoir "The Horizontal World:Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere" on her life in Fargo, North Dakota, while living in Ames, Iowa.

Experimental documentary makers seek to complicate real world representation by opening up their film's formal address. This strategy allows viewers more opportunities to bring their own insights into a film's subject, whatever that may be.
--David Ellsworth, SMCM film professor, talking about his films March 29, 2010, which walk a fine line between documentary and experimental film.


GanslerOur biggest security issue in the world today is caused by the global financial crisis....For the last eight years, we've been living in a rich man's world.

Jacques S. Gansler, director of the University of Maryland Center for Public Policy and former undersecretary of defense, speaking on "Issues in Defense Acquisition for the Obama Administration" January 28, 2010.










In the West, the Jews were exterminated in industrious ways by gas chambers or camps, but in the East, it was all face to face.
--Zvi Gitelman, University of Michigan political science professor, Feb. 3, 2010, speaking on "The Holocaust in the Soviet Union as Seen from the Trenches."


KuninHillary Clinton and Sarah Palin - despite their being on opposite sides of the spectrum - have made it easier for a woman to be on the ticket in the future....One individual can make a difference. If you don't like something, do something about it and don't underestimate your ability to have an effect.....We can't expect sainthood from women.

--Madeline M. Kunin, former governor of Vermont, deputy secretary of education and ambassador to Switzerland under President Clinton, speaking at the 11th annual Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Colloquium, (En)gendering Political Change March 25.








Forty six years later, I am still here. I am happy to be asked to come back. I commend the program that I was exposed to even though I had some struggles.

My biggest challenge was the loneliness.
I was taught how to play bridge, and one girl said I could take her place, but when I sat down, the game stopped. One girl said, "I refuse to play with a n-.

I was familiar with the physical violence going on around the country, and I was thankful I didn't endure that. The discrimination here was more sophisticated.

You should keep going on despite what obstacles lie in your way, be thankful. Make every day that you wake up for classes count. Don't
give up and don't let anyone get in the way of your dream, and do what you want to do because it's always worthwhile.

Barber Walker

--Elizabeth (Barber) Walker, '64 speaking  March 10 about her experiences as St. Mary's College's first African-American student during the height of the civil rights movement from her book Breaking Ice: Sometimes You Got to Fall In.











Never interrupt a mistake.
--Washington Post columnist David Ignatius explaining April 16 that the United States should not get in the way its $100 million attempt to influence the Iraqi elections, which failed miserably.