Message from the Director

Washington, DC, here we come!

Sitting in the Wallace Research and Policy hotel in DC, looking out at the Capitol building and the Washington Monument, it’s impossible to not be inspired by the possibilities that await us as we partner with the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) to host the 11th Wallace Research and Policy Symposium, March 22-25.  Registration for the Wallace Research and Policy Conference will open soon, and you can be the first to know when it does.

Be sure to check out the impressive list of speakers, including our headline speaker, Professor Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class and Senior Editor of The Atlantic.

The director’s message is an opportunity to announce upcoming events and programs, but also to reflect on the past.  All aspects of the Belin-Blank Center programming were absolutely wonderful this summer!  Students and professionals learned, shared, questioned, and contributed in many unique ways.  My profound thanks to the fantastic staff who work tirelessly, year round, to make cutting-edge programming a consistent aspect of the Center’s services.  Review the summer by skimming through our blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.

By design, the highlight event of the summer was our 25th anniversary celebration, which went off without a hitch on July 10.  The memories of that day and evening are all available on the 25th anniversary website – feel free to add your own recollection of your association with the Center.  In particular, the 10-minute video captures the unique nature of the founding of the Center and also demonstrates how dedicated the present staff members are to continuing to refine and re-focus the vision of our founders.

Enjoy the August/September issue of Vision.  Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on new opportunities and programs as well as on the activities of the Center’s faculty and staff.  May this next school year be filled with good challenges that lead to growth and talent development; we hope the Center will play a part!


Susan Assouline

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