Season’s Meetings: A Few Coming Events in New England Higher Ed and Beyond

Economist Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, will deliver the next Shepard Lee lecture on “Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People” on Monday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium.

The University of Massachusetts Cybersecurity Taskforce will meet with corporate leaders at a national cybersecurity event on “Educating the Next Generation of Leaders to Get Ahead of the Threat” to be held at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Campus Center on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Speakers will include former Raytheon Company Chair Bill Swanson and Business-Higher Education Forum CEO Brian Fitzgerald.

Computer security and cryptography expert Bruce Schneier will explore surveillance and power at a 20i4 University of Rhode Island Honors Colloquium on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Edwards Auditorium on the university’s Kingston Campus.

Jonathan Pelto, long active in Connecticut public policy, advocacy and politics, will be the featured speaker at “Are We There Yet? The Assault on Public Education in Connecticut” on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at Fairfield University’s DiMenna-Nyselius Library.

Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux will speak on “Communicating Science: Reflections on Being the Vermont State Climatologist” at Middlebury College’s Franklin Environmental Center on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.

The University of New Hampshire Carsey School of Public Policy will present a talk by 2014 Social Innovator of the Year Eric Schwarz on social innovation in action on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the university’s Paul College. Schwarz will draw on his experience at Citizen Schools and US2020, to describe “citizen power” and extended learning days as a solution to America’s wealth-based achievement gaps. A panel of respondents will include: Mark Greenlaw
, vice president, Digital Engagement at FIRST; Fred Bramante 
founder and president, National Center for Competency-Based Learning; New Hampshire State Rep. Mary Stuart Gile, chair of the House Education Committee; and Tanna Clews
 of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s STEM Pathways Initiative,

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