April Showers: Some Upcoming Events Around New England

A few calendar items …

Connecticut College will celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a kickoff address by assistant professor of Japanese Takeshi Watanabe, followed by a student panel discussion on the role and representation of Asian Americans in the media. The event will takes place in the Cro’s Nest in the College Center at Crozier-Williams on April 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Connecticut’s college and university faculty and students will gather on Thursday, April 7 at UConn Law School in Hartford for their annual sustainability conference, “Climate Change Commitments: From Paris to Connecticut Campuses.” The event is organized by the Connecticut Alliance for Campus Sustainability.

The Williams College Center for Development Economics will hold a conference, “Tackling Global Poverty” starting Thursday April 7 at 4 p.m. and running through Friday, April 8. Nobel Laureate Angus Deaton of Princeton University will deliver a keynote.

Harvard University President Emeritus Lawrence H. Summers, will speak at Bowdoin College’s Pickard Theater on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the topic of inequality.

The University of New Hampshire School of Law will present a discussion on “The Current State of Intercollegiate Athletics” on Saturday, April 9 at 3 p.m.at the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property.

Lawrence H. Summers
Lawrence H. Summers

The National School Boards Association will hold its annual conference in Boston Saturday, April 9 through Monday, April 11. Speakers will include broadcast journalists Dan Rather and Robin Roberts, as well as Tony Wagner of Harvard’s Innovation Lab.

Shailendra Raj Mehta, distinguished professor of strategy and chair of the Board of Management at Auro University, will discuss the 2600 year history of universities during a talk at MIT (Rm 4-163) on April 12 at 5 p.m.

The Massachusetts Education Partnership will hold its annual conference on Tuesday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough, Mass. The conference will provide Massachusetts school committee members, superintendents, labor leaders and potential partners an opportunity to plan for successful implementation of projects through a series of workshops and presentations. A welcome address by Nellie Mae Education Foundation President Nick Donohue will look at how leaders can collaborate to set a strategic vision. A panel discussion on the role labor-management plays will feature: Erik Fearing, president of the Revere Teachers Association; Dianne Kelly, superintendent of the Revere Public Schools; Peter McWalters, former Rhode Island commissioner of elementary and secondary education; and Kelly Young, director of Education Reimagined.

Anna Deavere Smith

Presidential historian Michael Beschloss will be this year’s speaker at the University of Connecticut’s Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at UConn’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.

Yohuru Williams, dean of Fairfield University’s College of Arts and Sciences, will discussRethinking the Black Freedom Movement (American Social and Political Movements of the 20th Century)” on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the university’s Dolan School of Business Dining Room.

Amherst College will host acclaimed playwright, actor and professor Anna Deavere Smith for a program titled “Snapshots: Portraits of a World in Transition” at Buckley Recital Hall on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, will speak at Bunker Hill Community College on Thursday, April 14, at p.m. Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream Parlor opened in Burlington, Vt. in May 1978 and now part of a $300 million empire known for its commitment to social responsibility and creative management.

Babson College will host its first ever India Symposium on Saturday, April 16 with speakers including V.G. Siddhartha, founder, Coffee Day; Laxman Narasimhan, CEO of PepsiCo Latin America; and Karambir Kang, former general manager of Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai and current GM of Taj Boston.

Economist Barry Bluestone of the Dukakis Center at Northeastern University will speak on “The Great U-Turn: The Impact of Growing Inequality in America” on Thursday, April 21 at 4 p.m. at  Saint Michael’s University’s Pomerleau Alumni Center Conference Room.

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics will hold a summit on “Diversifying Business by Enhancing Hispanic American Educational Attainment: Insights for Business Schools, Employers, and Policy Makers,” featuring Lisette Nieves of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, on Friday, April 22 from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Northeastern University.

The University of Rhode Island will hold “Climate Change Science in an Age of Misinformation” on Friday, April 22 from 8:30am to 3:30pm in the Memorial Union, Ballroom in Kingston, RI. The conference will feature a speakers roundtable in the morning, a keynote address from U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and discussion panels with climateology professionals in the afternoon.

The Immigrant Learning Center will hold its 2016 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards on Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. Speakers will include Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash.



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