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The agenda for TNLC2021 is available below. For more information speakers, please visit our Speakers Page.

Thursday, September 30 

8:00- 10:00AM EDT

Welcome Session: TNLC2021 host University Presidents Anthony Monaco (Tufts, USA) and Lawrence Bacow (Harvard, USA) open the conference along with National University of Sciences and Technology student Duaa Zahra Shah (Pakistan), facilitated by President Nieves Segovia, (Universidad Camilo Jose Céla, Spain) 

Opening Plenary: Global Universities, Local Impact: Roles and Responsibilities of Universities. Philip Cotton, Head of Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Rwanda will discuss the topic with introduction by Nieves Segovia, President of Universidad Camilo Jose Céla (Spain). 

Roundtable Discussion facilitated by Tisch College Dean Dayna Cunningham with Next Generation Leaders Pandemic Recovery and Resilience student group. 

Dayna Cunningham • Mohak Thukral • Ángel Solís • Clement Ngosong • Khan Alkozee • Vuthlarhi Shirindza • Mahugnon Samuel Ahossouhe • Marc Nathanson • David Niyitanga • Promise Nyalungu

10:00 - 11:00AM EDT

Optional Networking Sessions

Knowledge Democracy and Social Responsibility in Higher Education: Join Talloires Network Steering Committee member Dr. Rajesh Tandon, Founder of Society for Participatory Research in Asia (India) and his UNESCO Co-Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, Dr. Budd Hall, University of Victoria (Canada), and a panel of authors in a conversation based on their new free and open access book Socially Responsible Higher Education. Dr. John Saltmarsh of the University of Massachusetts, Boston (United States) will be the discussant.

Dr. Rajesh Tandon • Dr. Budd Hall • Dr. John Saltmarsh • Renata Anahi Bregaglio • Tom Oliijhoek 

Service-Learning Before, During and After the Covid-19 Pandemic:The session regarding "Service-Learning Before, During and After the Covid-19 Pandemic" will be moderated by María Rosa Tapia from CLAYSS team, with the participation of three speakers: Bojana Ćulum Ilić, associate professor at the University of Rijeka (UNIRi), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Education (Croatia); Matthew Pink, the National Manager/Research Fellow, ACU Engagement at Australian Catholic University and María Catalina Nosiglia, Secretary of Academic Affairs and Professor and researcher of Educational Policy at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. These universities have been developing SL projects for many years, and the pandemic posed them with the challenge of finding in what ways they could still be open to their communities' needs and address some of them even with all the sanitary restrictions posed by the pandemic. We will explore which were those challenges and how they overcame them, as well as what they are learning in the process and plan to keep once the pandemic is over. There will also be time for exchange among participants.

María Rosa Tapia • Dr. Matthew Pink • María Catalina Nosiglia • Bojana Ćulum Ilić

12:00 - 13:30PM EDT

University-Community Partnership Responses to COVID-19: Reflections on Innovative Civic Engagement moderated by President Kevin Hall, University of Victoria (Canada) and with panel of University Award winners from universities in Cameroon, Kenya, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Zimbabwe. 

Kevin Hall • Sharon Dione Sumelong • Miurell Suárez Soza • Leana Lanuza • Cliona Maher • Elvis Akomoneh • Miguel Ángel Escalona Aguilar • Peter Kirira • Phil Mlanda

Group discussion/Q&A responding to Reflections on Innovative Civic Engagement, moderated by Diane Ryan, Associate Dean, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life (USA).

Diane Ryan • Kevin Hall • Sharon Dione Sumelong • Miurell Suárez Soza • Leana Lanuza • Cliona Maher • Elvis Akomoneh • Miguel Ángel Escalona Aguilar • Peter Kirira • Phil Mlanda

Friday, October 1

8:00 - 9:00AM EDT

Keynote address:  A conversation with Secretary John Kerry, US Special Envoy on Climate with Alan Solomont, Dean Emeritus of Tisch College of Civic Life; introduced by Rachel Kyte, Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 

John Kerry • Alan D Solomont • Rachel Kyte

9:00 - 10:00AM EDT

Keynote Responses and Questions: What can we learn from the pandemic that helps (or hinders) addressing climate change? Facilitated by Fletcher School Dean Rachel Kyte with global representatives on the role of universities and climate justice including speakers Nieves Tapia, Founder and Director of Centro Latinoamericano de Aprendizaje y Servicio Solidario (Argentina), Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero at the University of Camrbidge (UK), and Prof. Saleemul Huq, Professor and Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Independent University of Bangladesh

Rachel Kyte • Prof. Saleemul Huq • Emily Shuckburgh • Nieves Tapia

10:00 - 11:00AM EDT

Optional Networking Sessions: 

African Leaders in Higher Education: Universities are not only responsible for educating their students, but also are an important part when it comes to transforming their societies, making significant contributions to our communities and countries. The world will never be the same after COVID19. A lot of changes happened and are still happening and we are all trying to cope and adapt to the new changes. Higher education institutions have a lot to do especially when it comes to guiding these new changes. There is no doubt that African universities have a crucial role in supporting their societies and communities. Throughout this session, several key areas associated with impact of COVID19 will be reflected on. African universities will show how they seized opportunities embedded within it so as to come out of the crisis stronger, more resilient, adaptable and flexible. The session will briefly showcase some universities’ efforts, including case studies of the impact of university-community engagement with youth programs.

Ali Awni • Diana Hornby • Efiti Filliam • Dr. Mary Nyanjuki Gichuki Manana

Generous Listening & Dialogue (GLAD) Center at Tufts University: Promoting Authentic Dialogue and Listening
Earlier this year, Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life announced the formation of the Generous Listening and Dialogue (GLAD) Center, designed to serve as a hub and educational resource for the University community to promote authentic dialogue and generous listening across differences. Launched in collaboration with the Vuslat Foundation, the GLAD Center broadly defines generous listening as encompassing the art of listening to oneself, to others and to nature. Join us for an optional networking session to learn more about the Center and to discuss how you are promoting listening and dialogue on your campuses around the world. The session will be led by Jenny Howe Peace, the Center’s former interim director and former Tufts University Chaplain ad interim and Deborah Donahue-Keegan, Associate Director of GLAD.

Jenny Howe Peace • Deborah Donahue-Keegan

12:00 - 13:30PM EDT

Breakout sessions

Addressing Inequality and Injustice Track: The Inequality of Political Voice and Influence with Associate Dean of Tisch College and Professor Peter Levine (Tufts University) and Professor Archon Fung (Harvard Kennedy School).

Climate Justice track: “Structured Listening Practices” Next Generation Leaders discuss the potential of structured listening for addressing climate change in a post-pandemic world and how universities might adopt such practices.

Halima Dolif • Akmaljon Akhmedjonov • Duaa E Zahra Shah • Faiza Arshad • Farhana Shahnaz • Funwako Bakhile Dlamini • Harunah Damba • Mercy Koti Fri • Stephen Mwangangi Munyoki 

Pandemic Resilience and Recovery Track: Leadership Stories of Resilience and Change What does student leadership look like in crisis?  What do student leaders need to act? This interactive session asks participants to explore critical questions about what individuals within an international network of peers and institutions can do together to make change.   Meet student and alumni moderators whose youth-led community work challenges our understanding of what leadership looks like.  Together participants will identify what they need from universities to support leadership development and propose next steps for supporting student leadership throughout the Talloires and Open Society University Network.

Sol Rodriguez • Catherine Kasungia Mumo • Marc Nathanson • Zarlasht Sarmast • Vũ Đức Huy • Wisdom Kalu

University Community Engagement Track: Internationalizing Carnegie Community Engagement Elective Classification with speakers  Matthew Johnson, President of Albion College (United States); Verity Firth, Executive Director, Social Justice, University of Technology Sydney (Australia); Lorraine McIlrath, Project Coordinator and Academic Staff Developer (Service Learning) at the Community Knowledge Initiative (Ireland); Susan Mide Kiss, Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives in Community Engagement; University of Calgary (Canada) moderated by Andrew Petter, President Emeritus of Simon Fraser University (Canada).


Saturday, October 2

8:00 - 10:00AM EDT

Plenary Session: University-Community Partnerships: How universities work with local leaders to solve global problems, with speakers Michael Nutter, former Mayor of Philadelphia (United States), Sara Ladrón de Guevara, Rector of Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico), Setti Warren, Executive Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and Jim Breslin (Secretary General of Ireland’s new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science); moderated by Mark Gearan, Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government

10:00 - 11:00AM EDT

Optional Networking Sessions:

Strengthening Regional Networks as a Strategy for Empowerment and Movement Building: Luz Avruj will moderate the session on Networks around the world. The session intends to promote exchange among participants as well as generate mutual learning among Service Learning networks from around the world. Associate Professor Carol Ma from the Singapore University of Social Sciences will represent the Service Learning Asian Network, one of the pioneer networks on the topic; Manuel Caire from the Catholic University of Chile has been of the founders of the Iberian American Service Learning  Network as well as founding member of the Chilean Service Learning  Network (REASE); and Alzbeta Brozmanova Gregorova of Matej Bel University in Slovakia is founding elected member of the General Meeting and member of the Board of Directors of the European Service Learning in Higher Education Network, as well as founding member of the Service Learning Network in Central and Eastern Europe. After she interviews these three colleagues about their experiences in building these networks, difficulties that appeared in the process and why they believe it's still worth the effort, we expect to have a conversation with participants about their experiences in networking, their expectations regarding this topic.

Luz Avruj • Alžbeta Brozmanová Gregorová • Carol Ma • Manuel Caire Espinoza

12:00 - 13:30PM EDT

Breakout Sessions 

Addressing Inequality and Injustice Track:  Innovations in Gender Equity – Next Generation Leaders, a cohort of students committed to making a difference in the lives of others by practicing values such as good citizenship and social responsibility by way of their civic engagement, explore the role of gender in the policy and practices of universities as well as the role of universities and students in advocating for gender equity in collaboration with local leaders and community partners.

Adina Sulumbekova • Cameron Noah Keighron • Daniel Patrick • Ilaf Nasreldin Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed Mustafa • Karen Estevez • Karla Jazmin Garcia Antonio • Keila Zurisadai Contreras Santos • Patrick Oyenga • Sarah Alharthey

Climate Justice TrackJust Sustainabilities: Critical Learnings for Climate Justice and Resilience from Community Responses to the Pandemic - This session will introduce “just sustainabilities” as an approach to reframe the relationship between humans, environment, economy, and our social systems. Julian Agyeman will share his work exploring how just sustainabilities work is growing in communities across the globe and its implications for climate justice. Penn Loh will share lessons learned from local community responses to the pandemic that have also been building equitable approaches to resilience for climate impacts. They will facilitate discussion and small groups to further explore how universities can contribute to just sustainabilities globally and locally.

Julian Agyeman • Penn Loh

Pandemic Resilience and Recovery Track: Dealing with the Impacts of the Pandemic on Poverty and Economic Justice with speaker Mauricio Cárdenas, Senior Research Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.

University Community Engagement TrackComparing and Contrasting International Frameworks: This session will discuss emerging frameworks from across the globe, including the Carnegie Community Elective Engagement (CE) Classification, Internationalization in Higher Education for Society (IHES), and Toward a European Framework for Community Engagement (TEFCE). Representatives from each framework will discuss strengths and opportunities for modes of collaboration to highlight the diversity of CE approaches that can be utilized toward a common goal. Panelists and participants will also be prepared to reflect on other emerging frameworks from other regions and bodies of knowledge across the globe.

Dr. Leslie Van Rooi • Dr. Mathew Johnson • Uwe Brandenburg • Thomas Farnell • Dr. Haifa Reda Jamal Al-Lail

Sunday, October 3 

8:00 - 10:00AM EDT

2021 MacJannet Prize Ceremony: A celebration highlighting the three winners of the 2021 MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship, with introduction by Tony Cook of the MacJannet Foundation Board and moderation by Alex Fognani, Global Programs Graduate Assistant at Talloires Network of Engaged Universities and Student at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Read more about the winners in South Africa, India, and the United Kingdom here.

Tony Cook • Alex Fognani • Anna Lindiwe Talbot • Claire McCann • Dr. David Allison • Senathirajah Ariyaratnam • Dr. Achyuta Samanta

Civic Engagement Futures: A dialogue between students and administrators, this student-led session will critically examine the ways universities can be active and positive forces in their communities in a post-pandemic world. Students will share their vision for how engaged universities might improve their collaboration with communities in dialogue with university administrators.

Nico Koopman • Claire McCann • Fadi Salahedin • Maria Gitau • Maria Torres • Okidi Patrovas Gabriel • Philip Adebayo • Zukile Ntentema • Paseka Elcort Gaola
Dayna Cunningham • Mark Gearan • Susan Azizi • Rowyn Naidoo