Howard Blumenthal ’74, an award-winning television producer, pioneer in early cable television, author, and field researcher, will speak at both the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremonies in the Wilson Ice Arena in the Merritt Athletic Center.
Blumenthal will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters for his accomplishments.
Blumenthal's most recent project is serving as executive director of The 21st Century Learning Project, in association with The University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development, where he is also a senior scholar. Project team members are developing a global framework through international collaboration between students and adults from 2025-2050.
"We are developing, and digging deep, into a model that looks closely at the whole lives of people growing up in the 21st century: where we are, who we are, why we learn, what we learn, and the desired results," says Blumenthal. "We plan to present very reliable information on a wide range of topics, from human memory to population trends, in media that’s fun to watch, interesting and provocative, and entirely suitable for children, parents, teachers, and government leaders (who exert a great deal of influence on education)."
Blumenthal is also a senior scholar at The University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center. He continues work exploring the intersection of progress, technology, media, and the future of learning, through his project Kids on Earth, which features hundreds of interviews he conducted with children and teens around the world in order to build global community and shared learning. In the 1980s, Blumenthal led teams that created MTV and Nickelodeon and created and produced the Peabody Award-winning series Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Blumenthal went on to combine technology and education in the 1990s, developing interactive children’s books. He has led media companies and is also a syndicated journalist and author of more than 20 books on music, media, business, and communication.