Events of interest

Conferences, speakers and other events of interest to the Sustainable Communities Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence

Conversations in the Disciplines Conference on Sustainability, Peace and Diversity

The MPA Program will host a one-day conference on "21st Century Governance Challenges: International Perspectives on the Issues of Sustainability, Peace, and Diversity" from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at the UDC.

Scholars from Mexico, Venezuela, Armenia, Brazil, Belize, Kenya, Armenia, Colombia, Turkey and the U.S. will discuss research on social media, human rights, and sustainability. For the full conference schedule: 

To register: 

The conference is funded by a Conversations in the Disciplines grant, the College of Community and Public Affairs' Latin American Partnership Fund, the Department of Public Administration and the Sustainable Communities Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence.

Questions can be directed to Nadia Rubaii, associate professor of public administration, at or at 607-777-9172.

Past events

Oct. 31, 2014 - A presentation on aging issues titled Productive Aging and Families across the Globe will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in UDC-220. The session is co-sponsored by the Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (TAE) in Sustainable Communities, the Institute for Intergenerational Studies and the Department of Social Work in the College of Community and Public Affairs. Lunch will be provided.

Presenters and the presentation titles
     • Healthy Aging and Productive Engagement in Later Life in the U.S. and China, presented by Ada Mui, professor, Columbia University School of Social Work
     • Older adults as Primary and Co-Caregivers of Grandchilden in India, presented by Denise Burnette, professor, Columbia University School of Social Work
     • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in US: Intergenerational Trauma and Resiliency, presented by Youjung Lee, assistant professor, Department of Social Work, Binghamton University, and recipient of a TAE seed grant in July 2013

April 10-11, 2014 - Implications of Hydraulic Fracturing for Creating Sustainable Communities - a SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines Conference

April 10, 2014 - Health Equity Conference focused on vulnerable populations

The keynote address – Health Equity: Protecting vulnerable populations – will be given by Dr. Cheryl Easley and Dr. Carol Easley Allen. Additional topics include:

     • The Affordable Care Act and vulnerable populations
     • Power for the People: Examining energy insecurity as a hidden dimension of risk among vulnerable populations
     • Confronting inequities associated with teen pregnancy and parenting: The Federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
     • Using GIS to address nutritional health inequities

Nov. 2, 2013Fall 2013 Conference Program (pdf, 1.5mb)

Last Updated: 10/6/15