John F. Stack, founding dean of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, dedicated a lecture by author Andrew Solomon to the memory of philanthropist Morris N. Broad, who created the Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series in honor of his late parents. Morris Broad died in September at 81.
“Morris Broad’s life was defined by his generosity and unselfishness,’’ Stack said. “More than just his monetary gifts, Morris gave the gift of himself to so many people, including me. He saw in our students hope for the future and the power of education to transform the world.”
An admirer of Solomon’s work, Morris Broad had specifically requested that he be invited to speak at FIU. As Solomon began his talk, he thanked the Broad family and said he was disappointed that he hadn’t been able to meet Morris personally. Solomon is a professor of psychology at Columbia University and a regular contributor to The New Yorker and the New York Times.
The lecture was attended by Morris Broad's wife Anita and his son Anthony. Dean Stack presented the family with an inscribed globe in Morris Broad's memory.
Along with his sister, Ann Bussel, Morris spearheaded the establishment of the Green School’s distinguished lecture series - a series that has attracted leading thinkers from politics, literature and academia to FIU.
He and Ann were also the first major donors towards the school's new building, naming the 500-seat auditorium for their parents, Ruth and Shepard Broad.
Morris and Anita Broad also established a fellowship supporting faculty and graduate student research. The fellowship has provided research opportunities for 33 faculty members and 60 Ph.D. students totaling $80,000.
The life of Morris Broad embodies the mission of the Green School to create a just, peaceful and prosperous world through education and dialogue. Florida International University will be forever grateful to Morris Broad for his steadfast support.