Friday, May 27, 2016

Steven Spielberg Tells Harvard Graduates, "We Are a Nation of Immigrants — At Least For Now"

By Hollywood Reporter, May 26, 2016 

The Harvard graduating class of 2016 got some words of wisdom from Steven Spielberg on Thursday.

The Oscar-winning director gave the 365th commencement address at the Cambridge, Mass.-based university on Thursday afternoon. He opened his address, saying, "I can remember my own college graduation like it was yesterday, probably because it was 14 years ago."

Spielberg explained that he attended California State University, Long Beach but dropped out of school in favor of an internship at Universal — a choice, he said, that affected his filmmaking: "Up until the 1980s my films are what you could call escapist, but I was in a celluloid bubble because I cut my education short and my world view was limited to what I could dream up in my head and not what the world could teach me."

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