Students and Scholars as Diplomats: How Academia Matters for the Global Environment
October 1, 2014  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Event  //  No Comment

First-UNEA-SessionEver thought of students and scholars as diplomats? Well, next Tuesday – October 7th 2014 – you will have the opportunity to engage UMASS Boston Professor and Center for Governance and Sustainability co-director Maria Ivanova on the topic as she talks on “How Academia Matters for the Global Environment” at the Boston Common.


This year, the University of Massachusetts Boston is celebrating its 50th anniversary. In tandem with the celebrations, the University has organized a “Tent Talk” event dubbed Campus on the Common.

The event will see the University bring its campus to the Boston common and grant students and the public alike a chance to engage some of UMASS Boston’s world-class faculty on topical issues of our time, including the environment, education, and racial tensions in the United States.

The event begins with a procession going past the State House and onto the Common between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Thereafter, the Tent Talks will follow with Prof. Maria Ivanova being the first speaker at 12:00PM with a question and answer session following at 12:15PM. This will go on until 12:30PM at which point the next speaker will take the podium.

Other topics of discussion at the Campus on the Common Tent Talk event include: OMG! American Teenagers Getting Healthier? by Ronald J. Iannotti
, PhD; ‘In’ or ‘Of’ the Community: Our Expectations, Our Behavior by Bill Kiernan, PhD; African Successes: Reasons for Hope in Peace and Development by Darren Kew, PhD and Parfait Gasana; Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: Hip-Hop Education on the Point by Rachel Rubin, PhD; Defeating Cancer on a First-Name Basis: The Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy by Jill A. Macoska, PhD; Why We Need to Know the Lost History of the New Madrid Earthquakes by Conevery Bolton Valencius, PhD; Theater Arts in Higher Ed: Taking Design & Tech Students from Classroom to Professional Gig! by Rafael Jaen, MA; Fasten Your Seatbelt: Driving the Future of Learning by Alan Girelli, PhD, and Paula Dinneen, Med; “Hands Up, Why Shoot?” Ferguson, the Color Line, and the Dream by Paul Watanabe, PhD.

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