The Rochester Effect and seal

Engaging Alumni. Asking Important Questions. Advancing Knowledge.

We are traveling the country and engaging our alumni and friends in conversations about some of the challenging questions facing our world today. Through these conversations, we will demonstrate how the University of Rochester is contributing to our collective understanding of these subjects and advancing new knowledge for the benefit of humankind.

Valuing academic inquiry in a democracy. Cultivating creativity and inspiring innovation. Understanding globalization. Being human in the digital age. Conquering disease and the quest for cures.

Which topic will we discuss in your city? What questions do you have? Come learn how the University is making life ever better.

Everyone associated with the University of Rochester has their own #RochesterEffect. What’s yours? Share it on social using the hashtag #RochesterEffect.

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Atlanta, Georgia

Understanding Globalization

We hear the term globalization, but what does it mean? For us at the University of Rochester, it carries a sense of possibility and responsibility, of what can happen when students and faculty near and far come together to address matters of global consequence. Climate change, migration, artistic excellence and beyond—these matters extend beyond borders, and each has the potential to affect humankind everywhere.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
6:30 p.m. – Welcome reception
7:30 p.m. – Panel discussion
8:30 p.m. – Dessert and networking

Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center
Memorial Arts Building
1280 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia


Solomon Abiola, PhD student, Translational Biomedical Sciences and Computer Science
Stephen Dewhurst, Vice Dean for Research, School of Medicine and Dentistry
Jane Gatewood, Vice Provost for Global Engagement
Daniel Reichman, Associate Professor and Chair, Anthropology
Christopher Wood ’89, Managing Director, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

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Los Angeles, California

Cultivating Creativity and Inspiring Innovation

At the University of Rochester, we are known as the place where the world’s best scholars, scientists, and musicians push themselves to new levels of excellence. Research and the arts enrich the experience of students in all disciplines, inspiring them to learn and grow outside of their traditional studies. Here at Rochester, creativity and discovery are encouraged, but does our broader society understand and appreciate their value?

Sunday, April 7, 2019
5 p.m. – Welcome reception
6 p.m. – Panel discussion
7 p.m. – Dessert and networking

The Paley Center for Media
(formerly the Museum of Television & Radio)
465 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, California


Jonathan P. Binstock, Director of the Memorial Art Gallery
Catherine K. Kuo, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Brian Langsbard ’94E, Visual Media Composer, Music Producer, Educator
Joan Saab, Susan B. Anthony Professor of Art History

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New York City, New York

Being Human in the Digital Age

From Alexa to Uber, music to medicine, and drones to driverless cars, technology plays a huge part of our daily lives. Rochester researchers are tapping into the potential—and ethics—of it all and how virtual reality, artificial intelligence, data science, and more can transform everything from education to health care to entertainment.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
6:30 p.m. – Welcome reception hosted by President Richard Feldman
7:30 p.m. – Panel discussion
8:30 p.m. – Dessert and networking

New World Stages
340 West 50th Street
New York, New York


Arthur R. Miller ’56, ’08 (HNR), University Professor, NYU Law School
E. Ray Dorsey, Director, Center for Health and Technology
M. Ehsan Hoque, Interim Director of the Goergen Institute for Data Science
A. Joan Saab, Susan B. Anthony Professor

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Produced in partnership with WXXI Public Broadcasting, Rochester, NY.

For more information, please contact the Office of Special Events at or (800) 281-2055.

Coming to these cities in 2019

San Francisco, California: May 29, 2019
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Understanding Globalization

Denver, Colorado: May 30, 2019
History Colorado Center

Tokyo, Japan: April 24, 2019

Shanghai, China: April 25, 2019

Beijing, China: April 27, 2019

Rochester, New York: Meliora Weekend, October 2019

See highlights from previous events:

Boston, Massachusetts
Valuing Academic Inquiry in a Democracy
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
See highlights

Chicago, Illinois
Cultivating Creativity and Inspiring Innovation
Thursday, November 15, 2018
See highlights

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Conquering Disease
Thursday, February 21, 2019
See highlights

Washington, DC
Being Human in the Digital Age
Thursday, February 28, 2019
See highlights