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6 September 2011
The Talloires Network E-Newsletter

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Resource of the Month


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CQUniversity (Australia)

University of San Francisco (USA)

University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)

Universidad de Falcón (Venezuela)

Carleton University (Canada)

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Update from the Chair: President Mark Gearan

Mark GearanThis is a time of new beginnings for the Talloires Network. At the Talloires Network’s Global Leaders Conference in Madrid this past June, it was my great honor to accept the role of Talloires Network Steering Committee Chair. For the past five years, President Lawrence Bacow has led the Network through a time of incredible growth and progress. I am sure I speak for the entire membership when I express my heartfelt gratitude for his efforts. As I take the office of Steering Committee Chair, I am committed to building on the achievements of the past.

In addition, as announced at the Madrid conference a new set of leaders will be joining our Steering Committee. A nominations committee has been hard at work selecting a list of candidates who will soon be presented to the heads of Talloires Network member universities for approval. The list includes a diverse group from around the world who represent a wealth of knowledge and experience in higher education and university community engagement. I look forward to working with the new Steering Committee to advance the global movement for engaged universities.

As the Talloires Network opens a new chapter in our development, and as many of us begin a new academic year at our respective institutions, I invite all of our members to renew your commitment to engaging with your communities through reciprocal and mutually-beneficial partnerships. I am eager to work with all of you as we promote the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education.


Madrid Conference Resolution

tn_globeIn June 2011 over 200 university leaders, NGO representatives, students, government officials, students, and other community engagement stakeholders gathered for the Talloires Network Global Leaders Conference in Madrid. A core team of participants from across the globe drafted a conference resolution that reaffirms the founding principles of the Talloires Network and makes new commitments for its future work. Thanks to all the individuals who participated on the resolution writing team. The feedback, advice, critiques, and improvements all participants made to the resolution were greatly valued. Read the Conference Resolution>>


"Measuring and Monitoring for Engagement." Engagement Academy for University Leaders. Roanoke, Virginia (USA), 8-10 September 2011.
Engagement Academy logoAre you responsible for communicating the impact of your outreach and engagement programs?  Do you want to position your institution to describe the university’s impact on your region or your state?  Are you responsible for assessing engagement programs or effectively linking community engagement to the teaching, research, and service missions of your institution?  If so, register now for Measuring and Monitoring for Engagement, which will be offered by Virginia Tech at the home of the Engagement Academy for University Leaders on September 8-10, 2011.  For more information about this program contact Jeri Childers ( or visit the Engagement Academy website>>

Papers and Publications

The Australasian Journal of University-Community Engagement. Vol 6 No 1 Autumn 2011.
AUCEA LogoA journal of research, theory and practice about University-Community Engagement that aims to make University-Community Engagement a core strategy of the modern university. The AUCEA E-Journal is an initiative of AUCEA (Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance), which is an alliance of universities and affiliations committed to university-community engagement across Australia and Asia Pacific. Read the new issue>>

Upcoming Events

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12th Annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference. Michigan State University (USA). 2-4 October 2011.
nosc2011_bnrThe National Outreach Scholarship Conference (NOSC) is composed of higher education member institutions, a mix of state-public and private institutions. NOSC works collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship, and designed to help build community capacity. The 12th Annual NOSC will have the following tracks:

  • Methods and Practices of Community-Based Research and Creative Activities
  • Translational Science and the Diffusion of Innovation
  • Globalization and International Engagement
  • Technologies as Tools for Engagement
  • Leadership and Professional Development for Engaged Scholarship

Learn more>>

"Courage to Think: Dialogues with Provocative Minds." 10th Anniversary Scholars at Risk Conference. New York University (USA). 3-4 October 2011.
courage-to-think conferenceScholars at Risk will mark its 10th anniversary by celebrating the extraordinary people and institutions that have done so much to help so many endangered scholars worldwide. The theme of the anniversary–“Courage to Think”–reminds us that we all have a role in defending the space in society for creativity, inquiry, and individual and shared expression even, and perhaps especially, when doing so carries risks, from ridicule and failure to imprisonment and even death. Learn more>>

2011 IARSLCE Annual Conference. "Research for Impact: Scholarship Advancing Social Change." Chicago, Illinois (USA). 2-4 November 2011.
IARSLCE 2011The conference will highlight research that critically evaluates and illuminates the long-term impact of service-learning and community engagement on students, faculty, and community partners and, most importantly, on the social, economic and political issues they seek to transform. The conference will provide dynamic venue for scholarship that articulates how, when, where and why service-learning and community engagement influence critical issues locally, nationally and globally. Veteran, new and emerging scholars from diverse backgrounds and settings will exhibit the highest quality research that advances both the understanding and practice of collaboratively engaging students, educators, and community partners in advancing social change. Learn more>>

Community Engagement: The Changing Role of South African Universities in Development. East London, South Africa. 8-10 November 2011.
This conference of the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum (SAHECEF) will focus on:

  • Debating community engagement from philosophical and conceptual perspectives
  • Profiling community engagement practice and analysing trends
  • Promoting the inter-dependent relationship between teaching and learning, research, and community engagement

Learn more>>

Engage 2011. Bristol (UK). 29-30 November 2011

NCCPE logoThe second national conference hosted by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement will bring together people from across the UK to celebrate HEI public engagement, and explore ways to support it more effectively. Learn more>>

Featured Program

Amplifying Grassroots Community Voices at the University of Venda (South Africa), 2011 MacJannet Prize 3rd Place Winner

Venda-Amplifying-Community-Voices-150x150The program was launched in response to a disconnect between the local government and the communities that this sector is supposed to represent. To overcome this disconnect, Amplifying Grassroots Community Voices works to create all-inclusive community platforms where people have the opportunity to express their views on local development issues. Through reflection circles that are facilitated by students and mediated by peers within the community, local development issues are discussed in a democratic manner and decisions are made by the community. Rather than giving resources to the community, the program seeks to empower the community to use its own resources to achieve development aims. Learn more>>

Resource of the Month

South East Coastal Communities (SECC) Briefing Papers
SECCSECC was funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as a demonstrator project from 2008-2011. It involved nine universities in South East England working collaboratively with members of the local community in order to build their capacity to meet their Health and Wellbeing needs. The SECC has disseminated several briefing papers including: The Future of Community University Engagement; Models of Partnership Working in University-Community Engagement; Geographies of Collaboration in University-Community Engagement; and Embedding University-Community Partnership Working. Read the papers>>