Civic engagement summit at UMass Dartmouth April 3-11

Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen, to be featured as policy leaders, faculty, and students gather to discuss the intersection of learning, teaching, and service

UMass Dartmouth faculty, students, staff and public policy leaders will come together April 3-11 for a week-long summit focusing on the intersection of higher education learning, teaching, and community service. The summit will launch a series of "Building New Bridges" events sponsored by the office of Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack and designed to encourage new collaborations between the university and the community. 

"The university plays a vital role in the South Coast community - from education to economic development to health care and beyond,'' said Political Science Professor Shannon Jenkins, one of the event organizers. "Learning Through Civic Engagement Week seeks to explore how UMass Dartmouth can build on this role through the use of service learning in the classroom and through a focus on increasing civic engagement for the benefit of our students, our campus and our community." 

"We believe the Learning Through Civic Engagement Events will draw attention to the importance of community engagement and will help stakeholders understand service learning as an essential tool in this work," said Deirdre Healy, who coordinates campus community service activity. 

The first day of the Learning Through Civic Engagement summit will feature Paul Loeb, author of the widely acclaimed book, Soul of a Citizen -- Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time, and a scholar at the Seattle Center for Ethical Leadership. Loeb help kick off the dialogue by participating in a panel with Fall River Mayor Edward Lambert, New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang and Dartmouth Executive Secretary Michael Gagne. Loeb will then engage faculty in a conversation about "teaching for engagement" and end the day with a keynote address for the entire campus and community. 

Loeb's most recent book is The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear (2004). He has written on social involvement for The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Psychology Today, Utne Reader, Redbook, Parents magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, Salon, the Village Voice, National Catholic Reporter, Chronicle of Higher Education, and the International Herald Tribune. He's been interviewed on CNN, NPR, PBS, C-SPAN, NBC TV, the BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, American Urban Radio, and national German and Australian radio. 

Loeb has lectured on over 300 college campuses and at numerous national conferences. His January 2002 talk at the annual provost's conference of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities inspired what is now a 200-campus American Democracy Project. 

The summit schedule is as follows: 

Monday April 3 -- Learning through Civic Engagement   

11 a.m. --12:30 p.m. The Importance of Civic Engagement 
Location: Library Browsing Area 
Michael Gagne -- Executive Secretary, Dartmouth
Scott Lang -- Mayor, New Bedford 
Edward Lambert -- Mayor, Fall River 
Paul Loeb -- author, Soul of a Citizen 

3 p.m. -- 5 p.m. Teaching for Engagement Workshop with Paul Loeb 
Location: Sunset Room, Campus Center 

7 p.m. -- 9 p.m. Keynote:  Paul Loeb author of Soul of a Citizen 
Location: Group 6 Auditorium (153) 

Tuesday April 4 -- What is Service Learning? 

10 a.m. -- 11 a.m. Service Learning in Business 
CCB Room 115 
Panelists: Kellyann Berube Kowalski, Matthew Roy, Susanne Scott 

12:30 p.m. -- 1:45 p.m. What is Service Learning?  How can Service Learning Deepen Students' Learning?  How can Service Learning be implemented in Your Class? 
Location: Library Browsing Area 
Dr. John Reiff, Director, UMass Amherst Office of Community Service Learning
Dr. Kerri Heffernan, Senior Associate Director, Brown University Swearer Center for Public Service 
Dr. John Saltmarsh, Director, New England Resource Center for Higher Education 

2 p.m. -- 2:40 p.m. Breakout Sessions: Research on Service Learning, Freshman Experience  Courses, Course Construction, facilitated by Drs. Reiff, Heffernan, and Saltmarsh 
Location: Library Browsing Area, Library Viewing Room 

2:45 p.m. -- 3:15 p.m Breakout Sessions: Research on Service Learning, Freshman Experience Courses, Course Construction, facilitated by Drs. Reiff, Heffernan, and Saltmarsh 
Location: Library Browsing Area, Library Viewing Room 

3:30 p.m. -- 5 p.m. Service Learning in Arts and Sciences 
Location: Group 1 374 

3:30-5 p.m. Service Learning in Visual and Performing Arts 
Location: TBD 

Wednesday April 5th -- The Community in Service Learning 

11:30 p.m. -- 12:45 p.m. Community Needs and Concerns facilitated by Dr. Linda Silka, UMass Lowell 
Location: Library Browsing Area 

12:45 p.m. -- 2 p.m. Bringing The Clark Experience to the South Coast 
Location: Library Browsing Area 

2 p.m. -- 3 p.m. Service Learning in Nursing 
Location:  TBA 

Monday April 10th -- The Learning in Service Learning    

12:30 p.m. -- 1:45 p.m. Integrating classroom and community learning:   Student experiences 
Location: TBD 

2 p.m. -- 3:15 p.m. Learning Through Alternative Break Experiences 
Location: TBD 

Tuesday, April 11th -- Supporting Service Learning:  Where do we go from here? 

8:30 a.m. -- 10 a.m. Moving Forward: The Service Learning Taskforce Recommendations (Open forum for event participants to provide feedback to Service Learning Task Force) 
Location: South Alcove

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