The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute Presents 15th Symposium on Communication: Intensive Teaching and Learning

NEW YORK, NY — May 8, 2015 – The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute at Baruch College will host its 15th Symposium on Communication: Intensive Teaching and Learning on Friday, May 29.

For the past 15 years, this day-long event has brought together leaders in business and education to explore how to help undergraduates and beginning professionals grow into strategic, thoughtful communicators and creators. This year’s Symposium will focus on the methodology of “design thinking” and its application to an educational context. Design thinking is characterized by real-world problem solving, collaboration, research, and the expectation that many ideas must be generated, discarded or reworked to meet the needs of an end user or particular audience.

Baruch College President Mitchel Wallerstein will kick off the Symposium with opening remarks.

Ellen Lupton, Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, will deliver the keynote address. Other speakers will include Manuel Lima, Founder of and author of Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge; and the co-founding team of Tools at Schools, Rinat Aruh, Don Buckley, and Johan Liden.

Founded in 1997 thanks to the generous support of Bernard L. Schwartz, a CUNY alumnus, the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute supports and develops Communication Intensive Courses, guides pedagogical reflection, and works to infuse written, oral, visual, and digital literacies into curricula.


Event Details:

WHAT: “15th Symposium on Communication-Intensive Teaching and Learning”


WHEN: Friday, May 29, 2015

9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.


WHERE: Baruch College – Newman Vertical Campus
55 Lexington Avenue,
William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus Conference Center, Room 14-220


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 164 countries and speak more than 129 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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