We’re pleased to announce the speakers for our opening plenary session at the 2015 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, La., on Thursday, June 4th:
- Nancy Cantor, chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark (N.J.) will speak to the conference’s theme—Stewardship of Place: A Civic Mission of Higher Education.
- The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) chairperson, William “Bro” Adams, will also address participants regarding their new initiative The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.
Plan to join us for the 9 a.m. start to the conference for ADP, TDC and NASPA-focused organizing sessions and workshops.
The opening plenary session begins at 2 p.m. and is followed by a reception and a screening of the NEH-funded, PBS documentary “Freedom Summer” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Register now! The early-bird registration deadline is April 27, 2015. For more information about the CLDE15 meeting, go here. Also, book your hotel rooms at the New Orleans Marriott by May 13, 2015 to get the group discounted rate.
Opening Plenary Speakers | Thursday, June 4, 2015, 2 p.m.
Nancy Cantor is Chancellor of Rutgers University – Newark (N.J.). An internationally known social psychologist, she has a long and distinguished record as a leader in higher education. She is widely recognized for advocating for universities to be not traditional “ivory towers” removed from the problems of the world, but to be anchor institutions in their communities that collaborate with partners from all sectors to fulfill higher education’s promise as an engine of discovery, innovation, and social mobility, as well as a cultivator of democratic practice. Cantor is invited to lecture and write extensively on this theme, as well as on other crucial issues in higher education such as rewarding public scholarship, sustainability, liberal arts education, the status of women in the academy, and racial justice and diversity.
She previously was chancellor and president of Syracuse University; chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, where she was closely involved in the university’s defense of affirmative action in the cases Grutter andGratz, decided by the Supreme Court in 2003. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Cantor is a board member of the American Institutes for Research, New York Academy of Sciences, University of California at Davis Board of Advisers, and Say Yes to Education Foundation.
She has been honored with numerous awards, including the Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award from the American Council on Education, the Woman of Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League, the Making a Difference for Women Award from the National Council for Research on Women, and the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Diversity Leadership Award from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and in 2008 received one of higher education’s highest honors, the Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award.
William “Bro” Adams is the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Adams, president of Colby College in Waterville, Maine from 2000 until his retirement on June 30, 2014, is a committed advocate for liberal arts education and brings to the Endowment a long record of leadership in higher education and the humanities.
A native of Birmingham, Michigan and son of an auto industry executive, Adams earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Colorado College and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz History of Consciousness Program. He studied in France as a Fulbright Scholar before beginning his career in higher education with appointments to teach political philosophy at Santa Clara University in California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on to coordinate the Great Works in Western Culture program at Stanford University and to serve as vice president and Secretary of Wesleyan University. He became president of Bucknell University in 1995 and president of Colby College in 2000.
Adams’s formal education was interrupted by three years of service in the Army, including one year in Vietnam. It was partly that experience, he says, that motivated him to study and teach in the humanities. “It made me serious in a certain way,” he says. “And as a 20-year-old combat infantry advisor, I came face to face, acutely, with questions that writers, artists, philosophers, and musicians examine in their work — starting with, ‘What does it mean to be human?’”
Adams, nicknamed Bro by his father in honor of a friend who died in World War Two, is married to Lauren Sterling, philanthropy specialist at Educare Central Maine and has a daughter and a stepson.