Dialogue to Focus on University's Role in Civil Society

January 13, 2012 - Campus Bulletin

The College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (CSAHS) will launch a series of conversations on how the University of Guelph can contribute to civil society, locally and globally. Students, staff and faculty can hear and discuss key ideas Jan. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the John Eccles Centre.

The series is intended to engage the University community in discussing the meaning of civil society and in exploring links to other groups and institutions.

“We will discuss the nature of civil society, the complexity of issues and the need to think about opportunities and challenges for higher-education institutions,” said CSAHS dean Kerry Daly.

Daly said the University must lead in promoting democratic principles, civility and social justice. “To be effective in fulfilling this mandate, the University must put into action, through engagement and collaboration, its knowledge, creativity and resource capacity. At the University of Guelph, we are committed to the principles of civil society, and this dialogue will be formative in deepening our engagement efforts in this area.”

Guest speakers will include Paul Davidson, president, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada; Budd Hall, Global Alliance for Community Engaged Research; and U of G president Alastair Summerlee. There will also be a student discussion panel.

More information and registration is available online: http://www.uoguelph.ca/csahs/web/civilsociety. Registration is limited. A light lunch will be provided.

Email questions or comments to civilsociety@uoguelph.ca.

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