The Rocco C. & Marion S. Siciliano Forum


"Unique describes the Rocco C. and Marion S. Siciliano Forum: Considerations on the Status of the American Society at the University of Utah. In no other place has a program been designed to offer such an open, non-biased forum for students, faculty, and the citizenry to focus their energies and attentions on the most important, current, and long-range public issues facing America today.

Rocco c. Siciliano is recognized nationally for his lifetime of dedicated public service, as a decorated combat infantry platoon leader in Italy with the 10th Mountain Infantry Division, and for his leadership in the corporate world. He was named to the Hall of Fame, Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2001 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Utah and was also selected, following appointment by the President, as the Chairman of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission in Washington, DC.

His memoir, Walking on Sand: The Story of an Immigrant Son and the Forgotten Art of Public Service, was published in 2004 by the University of Utah Press. 

Born in Frankfurt am Main, Marion Stiebel Siciliano, now deceased, was a well-known abstract artist. She fled Nazi Germany in 1938, immigrating to Boston, where she later graduated from Simmons College. Her hard-edged, precise geometric paintings, vibrantly colored, expressed her views of the world. Ten of her works were acquired by the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. She created a scholarship program for the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. 

Rocco and Marion Siciliano have five children (Loretta, A. Vincent, Fred, John C., and Maria) seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. 

In all, the Siciliano Forum offers an uncommon opportunity for informed discussion of the major challenges facing the nation. It makes a significant contribution to the intellectual life of the University of Utah; indeed, the state, nation, and world as well. 


The 2013 Silicano Forum: The Future of Higher Education

At a time when tuition costs are skyrocketing, for-profit universities are gaining traction, and approximately a third of U.S. students have already taken an online course, the future of higher education is unclear.  In recognition of this changing landscape, the Hinckley Institute of Politics is proud to present the Sixteenth Annual Rocco C. and Marion S. Siciliano Forum, Considerations on the Status of the American Society, which will examine The Future of Higher Education.

This forum will include a keynote address, several RadioWest shows broadcast live on KUER, a documentary sneak peak, and other events held from March 4-12. Primary co-sponsors include the Honors College and the College of Engineering. Other sponsors include RadioWest, the Department of Education, and the Electronic Arts and Engineering Program. All events are free and open to the public.

John Warnock, co-founder of Adobe (as well as a U of U alum) delivered the keynote address on Tuesday, March 5. Click here to view a video of his excellent speech. Click here to listen to recordings of more of the week’s events.


Events

Monday, March 4:

11:00 AM RADIOWEST INTERVIEW KICKOFF

Henry J. Eyring, Co-author, The Innovative University Advancement Vice President, BYU-Idaho

Listen on KUER 90.1 FM

12:30 PM MOOCs PANEL 

Dr. David Wiley, Associate Professor of Instructional Psych and Tech
Dr. Jason Pickavance, Director of Educational Initiatives, SL Community College
Dr. Jack Newell, Professor Emeritus, U of U
Dr. Fernando Rubio, Associate Professor of Languages and Literature, he is currently running a MOOC on campus
Dean Sylvia Torti, Honors Dean (moderator)

Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255

2:00 PM SNEAK PREVIEW

10×10′s feature film, Girl Rising
Followed by Q&A and Workshop

Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255

Tuesday, March 5:  

11:00 AM RADIOWEST INTERVIEW

Dr. John Warnock, Co-Founder/Co-Chairman/Director Adobe Systems Inc.

Listen on KUER 90.1 FM

12:30 AM Keynote Address, Dr. John Warnock

Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium

1:30 PM Reception

Library Faculty Center

Wednesday, March 6:

8:30 Morning Edition: “The Cost of Higher Education”

KUER Reporter Whittney Evans will be profiling several Utah students on how they are overcoming the escalating cost of tuition.

9:00 AM Rethinking credentials as value predictors – how to showcase relevancy in the digital age FORUM

Mike Lydon, Chief Technology Officer, TopCoder

Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255

11:00 AM RADIOWEST INTERVIEW

The Cost of Higher Education Panel

Dr. Robert B. Archibald, Chancellor Professor of Economics, College of William and Mary
Dr. Nicholas W. Hillman, U of U Assistant Professor and Expert on Higher Education Finance and Student Enrollment Demand

Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255

 

Thursday, March 7:

9:15 AM FORUM

Dr. Jane McGonigal, NYT Best-selling Author, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.

Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255

11:00 AM RADIOWEST INTERVIEW

Dr. Jane McGonigal

Listen on KUER 90.1 FM

12:00 PM Creative Solutions for Higher Ed Women’s Panel

Dr. Barb Snyder, Vice President Student Affairs
Dean Martha Bradley, Dean Undergraduate Studies and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Cecelia Foxley, Adjunct Professor, Educational Psychology
Dr. Jeri McIntyre, former VP of Academic Affairs

Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255

Friday, March 8

11:00 AM FORUM

Henry J. Eyring, Co-author, The Innovative University Advancement Vice President, BYU-Idaho

Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255


The 2012 Siciliano Forum: The Future of Journalism

At a time when newsrooms are downsizing, print journalism is struggling to make a profit, and online media is booming, the future of journalism is unclear.  In recognition of the fundamental role of a free, prosperous press in a democracy, the Hinckley Institute of Politics is proud to present the Fifteenth Annual Rocco C. and Marion S. Siciliano Forum, “Considerations on the Status of the American Society” which will examine “The Future of Journalism.”

This forum will include a keynote address, several RadioWest shows broadcast live on KUER, a documentary screening, and other events held from October 24-28.  Other sponsors include RadioWest, the Rob Bishop Civic Engagement Fund, the University of Utah Department of Communication, The Daily Utah Chronicle, and the Salt Lake Film Society.  Martin Tolchin, a 40-year New York Times reporter and founder of The Hill and Politico, will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, October 27 titled, “Bigger, Better, Bolder—Some Unconventional Thoughts on the Future of Journalism.”


Events

Monday, October 24:

11:00 AM Tune into RadioWest (KUER 90.1 FM): Doug Fabrizio interviewing Andrew Rossi, director of Page One: Inside the New York Times.

Tuesday, October 25:

11:00 AM Hinckley Forum: "How are Journalism Leaders on the Ground Adapting to the Changing Media?" broadcast live on RadioWest (KUER 90.1 FM) from the Hinckley Caucus Room. Panelists: Clark Gilbert, President and CEO of the Deseret News Publishing Company and Deseret Digital Media; Nancy Conway, Editor of the Salt Lake Tribune; Mark Jurkowitz, Associate Director of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism

7:00 PM  FREE Screening of Page One: Inside the New York Times at the Tower Theater

Wednesday, October 26:

11:00 PM Tune into RadioWest (KUER 90.1 FM): Doug Fabrizio interviewing Martin Tolchin, The Politico Approach to Paying for Journalism

12:00 PM Talk by Floyd Norris, New York Times' Chief Financial Correspondent, "What's Wrong With the American Economy?" at the Marriott Library Gould Auditorium (Co-sponsored by the New York Times and the Associated Students of the University of Utah).

Thursday, October 27:

11:00 AM Hinckley Forum: "What It Means to be a Journalist in the Digital Age" broadcast live on RadioWest (KUER 90.1 FM) from the Hinckley Caucus Room

12:30 PM Keynote address by Martin Tolchin, "Bigger, Better, Bolder: Some Unconventional Thoughts on the Future of Journalism" Marriott Library Gould Auditorium

Friday, October 28:

12:00 PM Hinckley Forum: "Political Reporting and the Fourth Estate: Who Watches Government" (held in the Hinckley Caucus Room). Panelists: Susan Tolchin, Professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University; John Daley, Reporter for Deseret News/KSL; Matt Canham, Salt Lake Tribune Washington Correspondent