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The Talloires Network Steering Committee and TNLC Local Organizing Committee have decided to postpone the Talloires Network Leaders Conference due to COVID-19. Our decision to postpone TNLC2020 was based on the reality that the months ahead remain uncertain. Many countries around the world are continuing to implement measures that restrict the movement of people and we do not yet know when we will be able to safely gather in large groups. Because we do not underestimate the importance of a face-to-face exchange of ideas and strategies among our members and partners, we have committed to TNLC2021 – to be jointly hosted by Tufts University and Harvard University, September 30 – October 3, 2021.

The Talloires Network Secretariat will keep applications for travel grants on file for consideration for TNLC2021. The secretariat will refund registration fees paid for TNLC2020 upon request: 

                Global Institutions, Local Impact:
Power and Responsibility of Engaged Universities

    • How are global challenges affecting local communities?
    • How are engaged universities working effectively with local leaders to address these challenges?
    • What are the roles and responsibilities of the engaged university in solving global challenges?

Join us as we address these questions and explore the theme of “Global Institutions, Local Impact.” We look forward to creating a shared vision for the future of engaged universities around the world. These speakers and themes are subject to change in the coming months. 

The next Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TNLC2021) will take place at Tufts University and Harvard University on 30 September – 3 October 2021. Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life and Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics will jointly host TNLC2021, a global gathering of universities focused on civic engagement and leadership. The Talloires Network is an international association of over 400 institutions in 78 countries committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. This influential gathering of higher education leaders from all regions of the world will chart the next stage of the growing university civic engagement movement.

Together we will also explore four vital sub-themes and build support around these opportunities:

  • Critical Reflections on the Role of Engaged Universities and Climate Justice: Climate change is an urgent global problem affecting societies in myriad profound ways. What are the roles and responsibilities of universities in addressing the causes and consequences of climate change, and how can engaged universities work together to enhance impact? Participants will critically reflect on their experiences while addressing the causes of climate change at global and local levels, and how they are adapting to and addressing its social and economic impacts. Participants will also examine the obstacles and opportunities associated with university efforts to implement the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Particular attention will be paid to the implications of adopting a “climate justice” frame, which relates the effects of climate change to concepts of justice, equality, human rights, and collective rights. 
  • Power and Responsibility of Engaged Universities to Address Conflict and Inequality: How are universities responding to social, economic, cultural and other inequalities in society and their effects on campus? How are universities fostering constructive engagement and deliberation in a global context of increasing polarization, social conflict (violent and non-violent) and decreasing civility? In addition to sharing experience and research on effective approaches to addressing these challenges, participants will exchange ideas and strategies to address inequality and promote greater justice, inclusion and social cohesion, both on campus and in the communities of which they are a part. 
  • Innovative Practices of Engaged Universities Around the World: How are universities engaging with new global challenges—from climate and conflict to urbanization, public health and migration and displacement? How are engaged universities collaborating with new or nontraditional partners? What innovative approaches and initiatives for engagement are contributing to more equal and inclusive societies? In these sessions, university and community partners will share experiences, successes, challenges and lessons from a variety of perspectives, with particular attention on reciprocal partnerships that incorporate gender equality, diversity and inclusion into their mission and activities.
  • Classifications, Frameworks, and Transformative Communities of Practice for Engaged Universities: How are universities collaborating to build shared frameworks for institutionalizing, classifying and assessing university-community engagement that center communities? TN members and conference participants will share experiences of institutionalizing and assessing community engagement. Participants will reflect on existing communities of practice and share lessons learned and good practices from different regions in the world. Session participants will also discuss the tensions between comprehensive assessment-based frameworks and metric driven rankings. Particular consideration will be given to varied national and local contexts and colonial histories.

Conference Design and Participation:

We have designed the conference to maximize involvement – direct interaction, learning, and solidarity building among conference participants. Importantly, we also aim to create a conference experience that supports participant deliberation and strategic planning for future action. We have invited people to lead plenary discussions and breakout sessions. Consideration was given to follow-up and potential expansion of the themes and values articulated in the Veracruz Declaration ratified in 2017. There will not be an open request for proposals for TNLC2021. However, there will be several networking sessions. The networking sessions are opportunities for conference participants to self-organize workshops on topics of interest, describe their own experiences, pose questions, and facilitate the exchange of ideas and strategies.

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