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Update on the 100 Talents

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    roadmap-updatesThrough the 100 Talents initiative, part of the Roadmap to Our New Century, the University of Miami seeks to increase the number of endowed faculty positions with individuals who enhance the creative talent already enriching the U.

    Led by Dr. David Birnbach, vice provost for faculty affairs, the 100 Talents action team has focused on developing the processes that will allow the University to create 100 new endowed positions by its centennial in 2025. These positions will include new and existing faculty, as well as rotating and visiting appointments.

    Following input from the University community, the team already helped organize four Distinguished Presidential Scholars and Fellows during the 2016 – 2017 academic year. They included two eminent figures from the arts, flautist Sir James Galway and photographer Susan Meiselas; acclaimed Cuban journalist Yoani Sanchez; and prominent geneticist and biologist Carlos Bustamante.

    Each of these renowned talents participated in the University’s intellectual life during their visits by interacting with faculty, students, and the greater community through lectures, teaching, special performances, and other gatherings that generated dialogue and engagement. In bringing their diverse perspectives to our campuses, the scholars and fellows also provided mentorship, encouraged collaboration, and enhanced research and scholarship.

    The action team is continuing to create initiatives to identify existing talents on our campuses and to attract distinguished visiting scholars and practitioners from a variety of fields and communities around the globe.

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