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Ed Catmull in HackBerry Lab

Zane Cochran, clinical instructor of creative technologies, discusses a project with Ed Catmull during his visit to HackBerry Lab.

Berry’s 2019 Gloria Shatto Lecture took place just three days prior to the Academy Awards, so it was only fitting that the speaker was someone whose work is synonymous with Hollywood’s ultimate honor – Ed Catmull, Pixar co-founder and former president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Addressing a near-capacity crowd of students and other guests gathered in the Cage Center arena, Catmull stressed the importance of fostering an environment where creativity can flourish. Ideas are fragile, he noted, and need proper care to grow.

“Everyone has the potential to be creative,” he said. “It is our job to unlock that potential.”

Catmull related that ideas often begin badly – even at Pixar – citing as an example the 2009 blockbuster Up, the original storyline for which was completely different from what wound up on screen. In fact, the only thing that survived the first rewrite was the name.

“Failure is a necessary consequence to trying something new,” he said. “Our goal is not to prevent mistakes but to fix them when they occur.”

While on campus, Catmull also took time to interact with students in HackBerry Lab, home to the college’s innovative creative technologies program.

This was the 10th Shatto Lecture, the endowment for which was funded by gifts to Berry’s Century Campaign to celebrate the life of the first woman to hold the title of college or university president in Georgia. Dr. Shatto served Berry with distinction from 1980 to 1998.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Olympic Youth Camp“We can’t have the world at our doorstep and not bring them here!”

That sentiment – first expressed by then-Dean of Students Tom Carver – served as the inspiration for the 1996 Olympic Youth Camp, which 20 years ago this summer brought the world to Berry for two unforgettable weeks. The camp – with roots dating back to the 1912 Olympics – welcomed 456 participants from 155 different countries to the Berry campus, which served as an official non-competitive venue for the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Cecily Crow Carries the Torch“Some participants were Junior Olympians; others were the children of prime ministers and kings.” recalled Director of Student Activities Cecily Crow (94C), a camp volunteer who also had the opportunity to participate in the official torch relay for the Centennial Games, bearing the famous flame through Berry on its way to the Opening Ceremonies in Atlanta. “I remember in one case a camper from a small country in Africa won a foot race, and that’s how he got to attend. For a few weeks in July of 1996, the Berry campus was truly a melting pot of the world.”

As the 2016 Olympics opened in Rio, four-time Greek Olympian and 1996 Youth Camp participant Periklís Iakovákis shared his recollections via Twitter. For Carver, who worked with then-President Gloria Shatto to bring the camp to Berry, the memories are equally vivid.

“In my mind’s eye, I see an indelible picture of 150 flags from around the world with ‘Old Glory’ waving in front, leading the way to the largest campus in the world,” he described. “It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my time at Berry.”

If you’d like to learn more about this unique event in Berry history, stop by Memorial Library this fall and check out “Olympic Youth Camp: A Cultural Exchange,” currently on display in the Berry Archives. Hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

By Katherine Edmonds, philanthropic communications student writer

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Doris Kearns GoodwinNoted presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will be the featured speaker for the 2015 Gloria Shatto Lecture. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former assistant to President Lyndon Johnson will address students and others in the Berry community at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the Cage Center. Admission to the lecture is free, but tickets are required for entry. Call 706-236-2226 for details.

Goodwin’s impressive list of accomplishments includes six New York Times bestsellers and numerous awards for her writing. Her Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln inspired the award-winning film Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day Lewis. Her most recent book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, has been acquired for film rights by DreamWorks Studio and Spielberg. She is a familiar face on television news programs and has served as on-air consultant for several PBS documentaries.

Goodwin joins a long line of notable speakers who have visited Berry thanks to the Gloria Shatto Lectureship, which was funded through Berry’s Century Campaign to honor the memory of Georgia’s first female college president. Past speakers include commentator Cokie Roberts and political adversaries James Carville and Mary Matalin.

By Carey Blankenship, philanthropic communications student assistant

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For more than four decades, Cokie Roberts has roamed America’s halls of power as a political commentator and Hall of Fame broadcaster. On March 29, she will share her “Insider’s View of Washington, D.C.” as the 2012 Gloria Shatto Lecturer. The Emmy-winning journalist and bestselling author will speak at 8 p.m. in the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center. Admission is free, but tickets are required for entry. “Will call” is available for alumni who live outside the Rome area. Call 706-236-2226 for more details.

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