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Clark students attend Supreme Court hearing
by News Releases – Clark News Hub
Jan 01, 2017
“Clark University students in front of the Supreme Court
Twelve Clark University students accompanied Professor Mark C. Miller of the Political Science Department  to Washington, D.C., Feb. 28 and 29 to hear oral arguments at the United States Supreme Court. The trip was funded in part by the Barry ’62 and Elaine ’65 Epstein Pre-Law Fund, the June Patron ’65 Endowed Fund, the Law & Society program, and the Political Science Department.
On Sunday the students explored Washington then had dinner with Clark alumni Bonnie Trunley ’13, M.P.A. ’14, and Jake Siler ’06. Bonnie is a second-year law student at Georgetown University , and Jake is a Georgetown Law graduate who has recently taken a position as an attorney at the Federal Election Commission. The group was joined for dinner by Anayeli Nieves-Alvez ’17, who is interning on Capitol Hill this semester for Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA) as part of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute program.
The group attended oral arguments at the Supreme Court on Monday. During the first case, the students heard Justice Clarence Thomas ask his first questions at oral arguments in more than ten years. Later that day, the students met with Supreme Court Judicial Fellows who are spending a year working at the Administrative Office of the Federal Courts, at the Federal Judicial Center , at the U.S. Sentencing Commission , and for the Counselor to the Chief Justice at the Supreme Court. Later in the day, Zak Doenmez ’14 took the group to see the U.S. Senate chamber. Doenmez has recently taken a position as a staff assistant for Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
The students were chosen for this trip through a competitive application process. In the photo taken on the Supreme Court steps are (front, l. to r.) Jemmie Tejeda ’17, Seamus O’Connor ’16, Simone McGuinness ’18, Alex Grayson ’18, Johanna Merlos ’16, Kevin Louis ’16 and Becca Hadik ’16; (back, l. to r.) Matt Sullivan ’17, McKenna Hunter ’17, Michael Spanos ’17, Ray Carville ’17, and Tim Conley ’16.
— Mark C. Miller, J.D., Ph.D.

Third Culture Kids Conference: Redefining home, evolving identities in a global world
by News Releases – Clark News Hub
Jan 01, 2017
“Navigating the being of being more than one particular thing.
For Teja Arboleda ’85, keynote speaker of the annual Third Culture Kids/Global Nomads Conference held on Feb 27 at Clark University , these words described his own journey through multi-national, multiracial, multiethnic and multicultural identities.
As one of several conference speakers, Arboleda presented a talk titled “Proof that Aliens Exist: A personal account of landing on foreign soil,” sketching a biographical timeline of his fluctuating identities while acknowledging his status as “foreign no matter where [he] went.” Overcoming this alien state for Arboleda came with a recognition of his unique background and that our humanity makes us “more similar than we would like to think.”
Teja Arboleda ’85 speaks at the Third Culture Kids/Global Nomads Conference at Clark University.
Arboleda related his shared experiences with Third Culture Kids (TCKs), also known as Global Nomads. TCKs are often defined as “people of any age or nationality who have lived a significant part of their developmental years in one or more countries outside their passport countries, most often because of a parent’s occupation.” Central to the TCK experience is the notion that home is a shifting concept attached to culture and identity. Fittingly, the theme of this year’s conference at Clark was “Redefining home, evolving identities in a global world.”
Each year the conference offers a variety of sessions of interest to Third Culture Kids and their allies, as well as faculty, staff and administrators who work with these students. It is organized by Clark students and co-sponsored by the University’s  International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO).
TCK Conference Student Coordinator Santiago Deambrosi ’17 was pleased with the results of months of hard work. “Everyone enjoyed the conference and gained a lot of insight from it. It is great to see Clark as part of a larger story, creating a space for TCKs and Global Nomads to talk about, reflect on, and share their experiences.”
More photos from the conference are on the Clark Flickr site.
Deambrosi, a junior majoring in math and physics , is originally from Buenos Aires and has lived in Argentina, Honduras, Uruguay and Colombia. His family now resides in Washington D.C.
Conference co-chair Melina Toscani is a senior majoring in International Development and Social Change with a concentration in Holocaust and Genocide Studies . Born in Argentina, she has lived in the United States, Uruguay, Guatemala, Peru, Brazil and China. She led a conference session about the unique experiences – positive and negative — of students attending international schools, based on her own survey of more than 127 TCKs and non-TCKs.
Joining forces at the Third Culture Kids/Global Nomads Conference (Feb 27) at Clark University are, from left, conference co-chairs Melina Toscani ’16 and Santiago Deambrosi ’17, and presenters/past conference organizers Farah Weannara ’16, Michino Hisabayashi ’15, and Maisha McCormick ’13. | Photos: Fileona Dkhar ’17
“I was particularly proud that we had the largest and most diverse group of people presenting and attending this year’s conference,” Toscani reflected. “The sessions covered a wide range of issues that both TCKs and non-TCKs could relate to, and provided a great space for important discussions on identity to take place. I look forward to seeing how the conference develops in future years, and hope it becomes as much of a staple of Clark University as Gala and Spree Day.  I also hope to be invited to the annual Alumni Panel after my graduation!”
Several past conference participants and organizers attended. Among them was presenter and past-coordinator Farah Weannara ’16. “Watching this conference grow from a 30-person gathering to a 90-plus-person event is like a dream to me,” she said. “I feel so privileged to have been a part of this dialogue and to have met so many amazing people through this work.”
This year’s sessions addressed a variety of topics from the TCKs leadership capabilities to the where the TCK finds “home.” Highlights included Tayo Rockson, CEO of UYD Media , recognizing TCKs as instrumental for global change, and Arboleda’s live “game show” format, which deconstructed the concepts of race.
Attendees and presenters came to Clark from Rhode Island School of Design, Barnard, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Amherst College and Harvard University. A group of professionals included members of the SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont, UYD Media , Abroad with Disabilities (AWD) and the Expatriate Archive Center in The Hague, Netherlands.
The sessions covered a wide variety of topics. Here is a list, along with the presenters:
“Internationally Schooled: The TCK and the Non-TCK Experience”- Melina Toscani ’16 (Clark University)
“Student Leadership as TCK”- Sakshi Khurana ’16 (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
“One Size Does Not Fit All: The Position of TCKs in Campus Diversity and Intersectional Identities”- Alison Cho (SIT Graduate Institute)
“Use Your Difference to Make a Difference”- Tayo Rockson (founder and CEO of UYD Media)
“What Are You Anyway?! The Ultimate Identity Game”- Farah Weannara ’16, Clark University and Teja Arboleda ’85, Clark University
“How TCK’s with Disabilities can Influence Their Community to Embrace Cultural Change and Inclusion.”- David Murcko (Abroad With Disabilities, AWD) and Lindsay Kravit (AWD)
“Searching for My Mizrachi-Self”- Leeron Hoory (Holistic Health Coach) and Nicole Ohebshalom (founder of Radiance Living Wellness)-“Proof That Aliens Exist: A Personal Account of Landing on Foreign Soil”- Teja Arboleda ’85
“Fearing the Grey World”- Nickie Boridehpaz ‘17, Clark University
“The Only Permanent Thing is Change, but do We Document it Appropriately?”- Kristine Racina (Director, Expatriate Archive Centre, The Hague)
“The World is Our Home: TCKs as Global Citizens and What We Should Do with It”- Lauren Owen (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Clark University Alumni Panel with Aksheya Sridhar ’14, Avril Perez ’11, Bhumika Regmi ’14, Kimberley Villamor ’15, Maisha McCormick ’13, Michino Hisabayashi ’15, and Teja Arboleda ’85
“Finding Home within a Campus Community: Ways International Student Advisors can Welcome TCK Students” – Colleen Callahan-Panday (Associate Director, Office of International Students and Scholars, WPI), Patricia Doherty (Director, ISSO Clark University)
“Life in Transition: The Evolution of ‘Home’ over Time”- Juan Gabriel Delgado Montes (Amherst College)
~ By Fileona Dkhar ’17
Founded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university addressing social and human imperatives on a global scale. Nationally renowned as a college that changes lives, Clark is emerging as a transformative force in higher education today. LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of education that combines a robust liberal arts curriculum with life-changing world and workplace experiences. Clark’s faculty and students work across boundaries to develop solutions to complex challenges in the natural sciences, psychology, geography, management, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change. The Clark educational experience embodies the University’s motto: Challenge Convention. Change Our World.”

The Deregulatory Moment? Prof. Boatright edits ‘must read’ on campaign finance law
by News Releases – Clark News Hub
Jan 01, 2017
“Robert Boatright, Clark University associate professor of political science
Robert G. Boatright, associate professor of political science at Clark University, is the editor of a collection of essays titled, “ The Deregulatory Moment? A Comparative Perspective on Changing Campaign Finance Laws ” (University of Michigan Press 2015).
“The Deregulatory Moment?” has been called a “must read for anyone interested specifically in campaign spending, and more generally in the politics of deregulation.” In the volume, experts on the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Germany, Sweden, France, and several other European nations explore what deregulation means in the context of political campaigns and demonstrate how such comparisons can inform the study of campaign finance in the United States.
While contributors to the volume examine global and wide-ranging theories, they concur that the United States is rapidly retreating from the types of regulations that defined campaign finance law in most democratic nations during the latter decades of the 20th century. By tracing and analyzing the recent history of regulation, the collection sheds light on many pressing topics, including the relationship between public opinion and campaign finance law, the role of scandals in inspiring reform, and the changing incentives of political parties, interest groups, and the courts.
“The chapters here have something to say to anyone concerned with the larger questions of why differences in party finance systems exist and how these systems change over time,” Professor Boatright writes in his introduction. The authors “have sought to represent the state of comparative research on money in politics as of 2010.”
Boatright also contributed an essay to the volume, titled “U.S. Interest Groups in a Deregulated Campaign Finance System,” which explores the trend of differentiation based on function instead of issues.
Professor Boatright teaches courses on American political behavior, political parties, campaigns and elections, interest groups, political participation, and political theory. He has served as a research fellow at the Campaign Finance Institute, as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, and as a research associate at the American Judicature Society. Among his many published books and articles on campaign finance reform, congressional redistricting, the congressional budget process, is Getting Primaried: The Changing Politics of Congressional Primary Challenges (University of Michigan Press), which was cited by the National Journal as one of the best political books of 2013.
Related Links:
What’s ‘getting primaried’? Clark University prof’s new book explains
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4 years since Leap Day ‘launch,’ Clark’s LEEP efforts making lasting influence on learning
by News Releases – Clark News Hub
Jan 01, 2017
“On Leap Day in 2012, Clark University celebrated the official launch of its pioneering model for higher education known as LEEP  (Liberal Education and Effective Practice). Today, the first students to experience LEEP throughout their four years as “Clarkies” are preparing to graduate, making this February 29th seem an opportune time to share the progress, challenges and successes of Clark’s ambitious and innovative LEEP program.
Clark’s LEEP goals of fusing a liberal education with intense world, workplace and personal experiences has demanded deep, deliberate and creative change across the campus community. The decision to embark on this bold initiative was based on years of research in the learning sciences and emerging adulthood, guided by the essential learning outcomes of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).
“LEEP reaffirms the hallmarks of a Clark education …  We are deepening and aligning the connections among all aspects of a Clark education through innovative curriculum initiatives, through creative new approaches to student advising and mentorship, and through impactful partnerships involving leading employers, faculty, students, staff, and alumni.” ~ President David Angel, commenting at the LEEP  launch event four years ago.
Clark continues to develop the LEEP model and innovative curricular and co-curricular programs designed to prepare students to lead meaningful lives. Here are some highlights:
Establishment of LEEP Projects , one of the University’s signature programs. In the last four years, 338 students have completed LEEP Projects; more than 100 faculty and staff have served as project mentors; and over 200 organizational hosts have sponsored our students.
Founding of the LEEP Center (comprising the offices of Academic Advising, Career Services, Community Engagement, Study Abroad, and the Writing Center). This year, the LEEP Center is on track to have held over 6,000 student appointments, assisting students with experience-building and preparations for life after Clark.
Development of a new form of holistic advising, supporting students in their personal and professional development. For the Class of 2015, the percentage of graduates who are employed full-time, employed part-time, participating in voluntary service, serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, or enrolled in a program of continuing education at 6 months post-graduation is 97 percent (based on a knowledge rate of 85 percent).
A new Alumni and Student Engagement Center is nearly completed and is expected to open in summer 2016. The new building will house the Clark’s LEEP Center, a space dedicated to furthering the University’s commitment to providing students with the supports and networks they need for success.
Development of new student programs, including the Clark Athletics Service Trips (CAST) and the Presidential LEEP Scholarships . CAST has supported three service trips for student-athletes, one to Guatemala and two to the Dominican Republic. In the past three years, nine Presidential LEEP Scholars have received full tuition scholarships.
Clark has begun implementing and sharing its innovative LEEP curricular framework , which has led to an invitation for Clark to participate in three national consortia of select colleges and universities – two organized by the AAC&U on integrative liberal learning and signature work , and one organized by the Aspen Institute .
Major grants for curricular and student support, from: Arthur Vining Davis, and the Bringing Theory to Practice program.
Last fall, Clark admitted its largest class on record, many of whom were drawn to apply because of the LEEP program and its philosophy.
Richard M. Freeland, ex-Commissioner of Higher Education for Massachusetts (2008 to 2015), former president of Northeastern University, and vice chair of the Clark Board of Trustees, said this about the University’s unique LEEP program:
“Clark is truly creating a new academic model that systematically links liberal learning to the world of practice at every single stage and in every dimension of the student experience. The University is doing this because its leaders believe that the enriched form of undergraduate learning that LEEP provides is what our country needs, and what our young people need, as we face the challenges of the 21 st century.
“LEEP places Clark in the forefront of a movement that is changing higher education and especially enriching the great tradition of liberal learning that has represented the pinnacle of college-level education in the United States since the founding of Harvard in 1636.”
Although this “LEEP Day” at Clark won’t involve a lively celebration in Tilton Hall (complete with balloons and capturing a photo gallery of leaping Clarkies ), the busy LEEP Center will mark the anniversary with cookies and refreshments, and the University will continue to apply, examine and expand LEEP’s lasting influence on student learning and success at Clark University and beyond.

Sen. Warren urges every child be given ‘a fighting chance to succeed’
by News Releases – Clark News Hub
Jan 01, 2017
“U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren addresses the crowd as she gives the Lee Gurel ’48 Lecture at Clark. / Photo: Matthew Healey
It was not a religious revival, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren did request one “amen” from the podium in Clark University ’s Atwood Hall. Recalling the Supreme Court’s historic decision ending school segregation Brown v. The Board of Education, she cited Justice Earl Warren, who observed that a public school education “is a right that must be made available to all on equal terms.”
“Can I get an ‘amen’ on that?” Warren asked the audience, which responded with an ovation.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren poses for a photo with Lee Gurel ’48, prior to the Senator giving the 2016 Gurel Lecture. / Photo: Matthew Healey
Warren delivered the sixth annual Lee Gurel ’48 Lecture on March 14, emphasizing the federal government’s vital role in ensuring that when it comes to public education every child should get “a real opportunity and a fighting chance to succeed.”
The lecture, and the subsequent Gurel Symposium on Education, were sponsored by the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and MassINC.
By way of illustration Warren recalled the “The Problem We All Live With,” the famous painting by Norman Rockwell that depicts Ruby Bridges , a young African-American girl, walking into school past a wall marred with a racial epithet and a smashed tomato. She’s flanked by federal marshals, and the symbolism is clear, Warren said. Her right to an education was being protected — “The federal government was there for her.”
The message carries forward today. “Gateway” cities like Worcester, and other urban school districts, need a federal commitment to promote achievement, she said. The passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Warren noted, was a significant improvement over No Child Left Behind, but one that required significant revisions to ensure federal authority over how the states use the money. She co-sponsored an amendment that gives added assistance to the 1,200 high schools in the U.S. from which fewer than two-thirds of the students graduate. Another amendment stiffens data-collection methodologies so that states are reporting more accurately.
The government also needs to crack down on “predatory” for-profit colleges that “suck down 20 percent of all federal aid and loan dollars” while being responsible for 40 percent of all loan defaults, Warren insisted.
She listed six things the government should, and can, do:
Offer a debt-free college option for all students
Fight back against resource inequality among schools, ensuring that students in urban schools have the same opportunities as students in suburban districts
Ensure children born in this country to undocumented parents receive an education equal to that of other children
Ensure black and Latino students aren’t disproportionally suspended and fed into the “school-to-prison pipeline”
See that black and Latino students aren’t disproportionally placed in special education classes
Guarantee that girls and boys have equal access to sports, science and math.
Warren began and ended her presentation by recounting her own journey in education, from her days playing school with her doll collection to the opportunities public school provided her to build a life and career. She insisted it’s the responsibility of the federal government to provide those same opportunities to today’s students “regardless of state, income or zip code.”
“These aren’t other people’s children,” she said. “These are our children.”
Afterward, in a room below Atwood, Warren fielded questions from the media. She declined to say if she preferred either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton for president, and when asked if she would consider the vice president’s position, she replied that she loves the job she has.
More photo s from Sen. Warren’s visit and the Gurel Symposium on Education are online.
The education symposium led by Katerine Bielaczyc, director of the Hiatt Center for Urban Education and association professor of education at Clark University, brought together four experts to discuss the prospects for students in urban schools to gain a full complement of 21st-century skills that will serve them in the classroom and beyond. Participants were: Nick Donohue, president and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation ; Ronald Ferguson from the Kennedy School of Government and director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University ; Dianne Kelly, superintendent of Revere (Mass.) Public Schools ; and Gene Wilhoit, executive director of the National Center for Innovation in Education .
How schools will respond to the Every Student Succeeds Act has yet to be determined as they navigate the opportunities and challenges, the panelists said. Kelly said she liked the move away from high-stakes standardized testing, but observed that her schools continue to face significant challenges. She said the governor’s proposed budget leaves Gateway cities out in the cold when it comes to education funding, with massive layoffs looming if there isn’t an infusion of aid.
Other panelists questioned whether schools have the capacities to carry through on the promises laid out in the new law, especially if the historic nature of delivering an education remains unchanged. Donohue called for a dramatic shift in student engagement, away from “a 19th century model rooted in 17th-century ideals.” He’s looking for students to exhibit true mastery of a subject before advancing, and hopes for honest community conversations about the future of education, as well as about race and white privilege.
The jury is out on how states will respond to the issue of inadequate resourcing in certain school districts, Wilhoit said. We can’t continue to under-resource the most at-risk students and expect positive results, he said. But are those with more willing to give up something to better serve the neediest students? “Equity is not equal,” he said.
Ferguson talked about areas of concentrated poverty, where the schools are overwhelmed and left unstable by behavior problems. “The greatest inequality is access to an orderly classroom,” he said. “Time on task is one of the strongest predictors of learning.”
He urged more discourse about students’ life experiences, noting that children begin learning language in-utero and that by age 2 some kids can exhibit perceivable learning gaps. By the age of 5, when they’re starting school, they’re already struggling to catch up, he said.
— Jim Keogh, Assistant VP for Marketing and Communications”

What motivates managers? Money, yes, but so much more
by News Releases – Clark News Hub
Jan 01, 2017
“Clark University and Center for Creative Leadership publish research on workplace motivation
It is often said that “money talks,” but does it motivate? While many organizations use salary, bonuses, stock options, and promotions to motivate managers, a recent study reveals that relying on these types of extrinsic rewards alone is not guaranteed to foster productive and loyal employees.
Management Professor Laura Graves
A new study by researchers at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and Clark University reveals that the most effective way to motivate managers is by providing “intrinsic rewards” such as psychological well-being, joy, learning, and fulfillment.
Insights from this study, published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior last year, are described in a white paper, “Motivating Your Managers: What’s the Right Strategy?” , now available on CCL’s website. It explains how managers’ different motives work together to influence their job attitudes. Further the research suggests that the following conditions or circumstances help unlock internal motivation:
Bosses who provide support and encourage self-direction;
Rewards systems that affirm, not manipulate; and
Limiting organizational politics.
The study was conducted by Laura Graves , professor of management in Clark University ’s Graduate School of Management ; Kristin Cullen-Lester (Senior Research Scientist), Marian Ruderman (Director, Research Horizons and Senior Fellow) and Bill Gentry (Director, Applied Research Consulting Services & Senior Research Scientist), all of CCL; and doctoral student Houston Lester of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Over 300 managers who attended leadership development programs at CCL took part in the research. They worked at middle, upper-middle, and executive levels and came from numerous organizations.
Researchers examined four types of motivation (ranging from other-directed to self-directed). By examining how managers incorporated the four types of motivation into their work, researchers were able to identify six distinct motivational profiles.
Results showed that:
Managers who are motivated by internal drivers (e.g., learning, doing interesting and enjoyable work, and fulfilling personal goals) are the happiest at their jobs, the most productive and less likely to leave their organizations,
Conversely, managers who are not internally motivated reported the lowest job satisfaction and are the biggest turnover risk, and
The presence of external motivation (working to get external rewards such as bonuses and other financial incentives from their employer) did not affect managers’ feelings about their jobs.
“Being driven by external motivation isn’t necessarily bad, but it needs to be paired with internal motivation. Managers whose profiles include high levels of internal motivation are more satisfied, committed, and less likely to leave the organization,” Graves said.
“An organization’s strategy for motivating managers shouldn’t be one size fits all,” said Kristin Cullen-Lester. “Given that each manager has a mix of motivations, we suggest that different combinations of motives matter in understanding attraction, retention, and engagement.”
Professor Graves studies issues related to leadership, motivation, work/family integration, and managing diversity. She is co-author of “ Women and Men in Management and is a former chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management . She has also served on the editorial board of  Academy of Management Journal . Professor Graves received the 1999 Sage Scholarship Award for Contributions to the Management Literature from the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management.
The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. By leveraging the power of leadership to drive results that matter most to clients, CCL transforms individual leaders, teams, organizations and society. Our array of cutting-edge solutions is steeped in extensive research and experience gained from working with hundreds of thousands of leaders at all levels. Ranked among the world’s Top 5 providers of executive education by Financial Times and in the Top 10 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CCL has offices in Greensboro, NC; Colorado Springs, CO; San Diego, CA; Brussels, Belgium; Moscow, Russia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Singapore; Gurgaon, India; and Shanghai, China.
Founded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university addressing social and human imperatives on a global scale. Nationally renowned as a college that changes lives, Clark is emerging as a transformative force in higher education today.  LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of education that combines a robust liberal arts curriculum with life-changing world and workplace experiences. Clark’s faculty and students work across boundaries to develop solutions to complex challenges in the natural sciences, psychology, geography, management, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change. The Clark educational experience embodies the University’s motto: Challenge convention. Change our world.
–Angela Bazydlo, associate director of media relations”

In President’s Lecture, author Naomi Klein urges boldness on climate change
by News Releases – Clark News Hub
Jan 01, 2017
“Naomi Klein did not mince words.
“Climate change is a crisis of narrative, a crisis of world view and a crisis of spirit,” the author and activist told the audience packed into Clark University ’s Atwood Hall, and another watching via livestream in Jefferson 320.
Klein delivered the Feb. 26 President’s Lecture , which kicked off the University’s second annual  Climate Change Teach-In  to be held March 23. The Teach-In is a campus-wide event exploring the climate crisis and possible responses to it through a series of panels, presentations and dialogues.
Klein began by recapping the recent Paris climate accord , which she described as a political breakthrough but a “concrete plan for disaster.” While the participating nations pledged to pursue efforts to limit worldwide temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the hodgepodge of climate plans that were incorporated into the agreement actually added up to 3 to 4 degrees. The implicit message? “We know what we have to do and we’re willing to do roughly half that.”
Naomi Klein
During her talk, Klein wove in the history of her own interest in climate change. She said she’d always ceded climate matters to “green” groups, focusing instead on matters of economic inequality, social justice and human rights. But Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the largely minority population of New Orleans, revealed to her how deeply all these issues are intertwined with climate change. The storm was a collision of bad weather and neglected physical and government infrastructures, which set into stark relief a system marked by “institutionalized racism,” she said, noting that African-American residents were first abandoned, then later harassed. “I’m scared not just about things getting hotter, but about things getting meaner,” Klein said.
Klein described how crises are used by political and corporate elites to ram through policies that increase the divisions between the wealthy and poor. She cited California’s ongoing drought and wildfire challenges, which spurred the state to enlist thousands of convicts as front-line firefighters at a cost of $2 a day. When California was ordered to release thousands of inmates to ease prison overcrowding, the state objected, arguing that such a move would put the firefighting program at risk.
The policies of neoliberalism — privatization, deregulation, trickle-down economics, cuts to public programs — “clash at every level” with what needs to be done to address the climate change crisis, Klein said. Instead, the hard and costly work of reimagining our energy grids and investing in public transit goes undone, and corporate interests influence policy at every level. Klein pointed out that President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline has resulted in a $15 billion lawsuit against the United States government by a company claiming lost profits.
It’s important to connect the dots between climate change and prevailing social and economic ills, she said. The rise of movements like Black Lives Matter and Fight for $15 reflect “that people are refusing to be treated as disposable.” Klein said the popularity of presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders and Pope Francis can be partly attributed to people recognizing the failure of the neoliberal promise that “what is good for elites is good for everyone else.”
The stakes couldn’t be any higher, she said. Billions of people are directly impacted by climate change, with the harshest effects felt by the poor and powerless. She noted some African leaders have called a global temperature increase of more than 2 degrees a genocide, embracing the motto “1.5 to survive.”
Klein concluded her lecture with a discussion of The Leap Manifesto , a Canada-based initiative she founded with a coalition of groups who urge a move toward a just and sustainable economic model, one based in caregiving rather than extraction. The coalition worked with a team of economists to recommend ways to make the transition affordable, including ending fossil fuel subsidies, instituting a progressive carbon tax and cutting military spending. Other countries are now writing their own version of the Manifesto, Klein said.
“Small steps are not good enough,” she insisted. “Now is the time for boldness. Now is the time to leap.”
— Jim Keogh, Assistant VP of Marketing and Communications”

Clark’s Mock Trial Team headed to sub-national tournament for third consecutive year
by News Releases – Clark News Hub
Jan 01, 2017
“Clark University’s Mock Trial Team is headed to the American Mock Trial Association Sub-National Tournament for the third year in a row; the team was awarded an automatic bid after their outstanding performance at the 2016 New Haven Regional Tournament at Yale University last month.
Two of Clark’s teams participated in the regional tournament.
Clark University Mock Trial Team A
Team A won the bid by achieving a 6-2 record, beating teams from Wesleyan, UMass-Amherst and the University of New Haven, only having lost to Yale.  McKenna Hunter ’17 won a Best Attorney Award and Ray Carville ’17 won a Best Witness Award.
Team B consisted of students who were competing in collegiate Mock Trial for the first time. This novice team earned a record of 2-6, faced tough teams from Wesleyan, UConn and Tufts, and beat a team from Connecticut College.
“The teams rose to the occasion at one of the most competitive regional tournaments in recent memory,” said Steven C. Kennedy ’88, a practicing attorney who teaches a trial advocacy course in the fall and coaches the Mock Trial teams in the spring. “These students earned their exemplary record through hard work and dedication.”
“Despite having a lot of people participating in Mock Trial for the first time, the team did exceptionally well,” said Co-captain Emily Art ’17.  “It goes to show that with lots of dedication and commitment, many of these first time mockers showed skill and poise that you would expect from a veteran.”
Clark University Mock Trial Team Captains McKenna Hunter ’17 (left) and Emily Art ’17
Co-captain McKenna Hunter ’17 said the late-night practices, re-writes, and time spent bonding allowed the team to “grow competitively” and perform well against top teams.
Teams that will be competing at the upcoming sub-national tournament include Yale, Harvard, Brown, Columbia, Boston University, Boston College, Brandeis, Tufts, Williams, Wesleyan, The College of the Holy Cross, Fordham, Vermont, St. John’s, and Delaware.
The Mock Trial program is part of Clark’s Law & Society Program.
“We are all very proud of our Mock Trial students,” said Political Science Professor Mark Miller, who is director of the program. “They all worked very hard for the competition.”
In Mock Trial, teams of students analyze and study a legal case during the course of the academic year.  The students assume roles of attorneys and witnesses in a trial and engage in trial simulations in competition with teams from other colleges and universities.  At a tournament, students are evaluated by a panel of actual attorneys and judges whose scores determine which teams and individuals gave the best performances.
Clark University Mock Trial Team B poses with Coach Steven C. Kennedy ’88 (front row, far right)
Students who make up Clark’s 2016 Mock Trial team rosters include:
Team A: McKenna Hunter ’17 (captain), Emily Art ’17 (captain), Mike Spanos ’17, Ray Carville ’17, Sarah Maloney ’17, Ari Sutcliffe ’18, Juliet Michaelsen ’19 and Tauren Nelson ’19 (missing from photo)
Team B (all are members of the Class of 2019): Greg Jones (captain), Joanna Hamilton (captain), Derek Michaud, Jeremy Hirson-Sagalyn, Salma Shawa, Yenifer Cabreja and Rachael Chen
Founded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university addressing social and human imperatives on a global scale. Nationally renowned as a college that changes lives, Clark is emerging as a transformative force in higher education today. LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of education that combines a robust liberal arts curriculum with life-changing world and workplace experiences. Clark’s faculty and students work across boundaries to develop solutions to complex challenges in the natural sciences, psychology, geography, management, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change. The Clark educational experience embodies the University’s motto: Challenge convention. Change our world.
–Angela M. Bazydlo, associate director of media relations”

Ben Bagdikian ’41 championed the public’s right to know
by News Releases – Clark News Hub
Jan 01, 2017
“Ben Bagdikian ’41, who died March 11 at the age of 96, enjoyed a storied career in journalism. He won the Pulitzer Prize, reported on prisons, poverty and civil rights, and defied the federal government by helping publish the Pentagon Papers, thus securing one of history’s greatest victories for freedom of the press.
Later he became an influential media critic — The New York Times described him as “a celebrated voice of conscience for his profession” — particularly in his seminal book, “The Media Monopoly.” In it he examined the role a handful of corporate media giants play in shaping and controlling the news for a mass audience.
Bagdikian’s journalistic legacy, not to mention his penchant for challenging authority, was rooted at Clark University. While editor of the student newspaper, then called The Clark News , he hit on the idea of changing the name to The Scarlet , in honor of the school color. As recalled by his longtime friend, Albert Southwick ’41, M.A. ’49, who was the newspaper’s managing editor, President Wallace Atwood objected to the change, believing the word “scarlet” would be too closely associated with the “red menace” of Communism.
“Atwood was suspicious, but Ben went ahead and did it anyway,” Southwick says. The first issue of The Scarlet was published on Nov. 3, 1939. (The run-ins with Atwood never dimmed Badgikian’s affection for the place. He was awarded an honorary degree in 1963 and served as a Clark trustee from 1964 to 1976.)
Bagdikian’s family fled the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey when he was a baby, settling in Massachusetts. According to Southwick, Bagdikian studied science at Clark, thinking he might pursue a career in biology. Shortly after graduation he was visiting a friend at the Springfield (Mass.) Morning Union newspaper when the editor informed him that the paper needed a reporter. He offered the job to Bagdikian, who accepted. The world had lost a biologist but gained a crusader.
After serving as an Air Force navigator in World War II, Bagdikian took a job with The Providence Journal, where he was part of a team that earned a Pulitzer for coverage of a bank robbery. He also traveled throughout the Deep South in the early 1960s for a series detailing the civil rights movement through the eyes of oppressed families. In later years he chronicled the ravages of poverty in the United States and investigated prison conditions by going undercover as a convicted murderer in a Pennsylvania maximum-security penitentiary.
His most celebrated work occurred during his tenure as national editor at The Washington Post . In his obituary , the Post recounts Bagdikian being summoned to Boston for a clandestine meeting with Daniel Ellsburg, the onetime defense analyst who was willing to hand over the so-called Pentagon Papers, a secret history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam ( The New York Times already had published excerpts but had been ordered to cease by a federal judge for national security reasons).
Bagdikian retrieved the documents from Ellsburg and delivered them to Editor Ben Bradlee. He was then among the editors and reporters who reviewed more than 4,000 pages and debated the consequences of publishing their sensitive contents.
“Mr. Bagdikian was one of the strongest voices in favor of publication,” the Post wrote, “arguing that the government could not use the cloak of ‘national security’ to limit what newspapers could print. He uttered a line that neatly summed up the principle involved: ‘The only way to assert the right to publish is to publish.’” The Post printed the documents, a decision that withstood a Supreme Court challenge.
Bagdikian often trained his reporter’s eye on the media, writing several books that were fiercely critical of the trends that he saw eroding best journalistic practices and ethics. He concluded his long career as dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. The New York Times recalled a lesson he would impart to his students at the outset of each course: “Never forget that your obligation is to the people. It is not, at heart, to those who pay you, or to your editor, or to your sources, or to your friends, or to the advancement of your career. It is to the public.”
His old friend Al Southwick puts it another way. “He always had a feel for the underdog.”
— Jim Keogh, Assistant VP for Marketing and Communications”

Clark University to hold 112th Commencement on Sunday, May 22
by News Releases – Clark News Hub
Jan 01, 2017
“Speaker is Colombian health care champion, globally recognized social entrepreneur and Clark alumna Catalina Escobar
Esteemed social entrepreneur Catalina Escobar ’93 will speak at Clark’s Commencement, May 22. She is pictured here at the foundation she created and directs, in Colombia.
The 112 th Clark University Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 22, on the Jefferson Academic Center Green. The procession from the Kneller Athletic Center will begin at noon, followed by a University-wide ceremony.
This year’s commencement speaker is Catalina Escobar , founder and director of the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation (Juanfe Foundation), which provides healthcare services to the most tragic and disenfranchised communities in Cartagena, Colombia.
Escobar graduated in 1993 from Clark University with a degree in business administration, studies she combined with other academic programs in economics in Europe and Japan. She completed an MBA at the INALDE Business School in Bogota. In 2001, as she built her career in banking and private fields, Escobar created what would become her passion: The Juanfe Foundation. The foundation provides world-class care to populations that are vulnerable to health crises and lack regular access to adequate healthcare at public hospitals, particularly young mothers, infants, and children.
Escobar is now a globally recognized social entrepreneur. Awarded the National Merit Order Award by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in 2011, she joined the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women´s Mentoring Partnership and became a Top 10 CNN Hero in 2012. Along with numerous awards, Escobar was recognized as Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 by the World Economic Forum and Schwab Foundation, and recently won the World of Children Humanitarian Award.
During the Clark Commencement ceremony, Escobar will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Read more about Escobar’s inspirational story in Clark magazine:  From tragedy, a hero rises in Colombia . 
The University will also confer honorary degrees upon the following individuals:
John Geanakoplos
John Geanakoplos is the James Tobin professor of economics at Yale University, where he also earned his B.A. in mathematics. He received an M.A. in mathematics and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. He has been called “the economist that the Obama Administration should have listened to,” for his ideas on ways to stop foreclosures during the housing crisis of the 2000s. He has co-published landmark work on Strategic Complements (used in game theory and industrial organization) and in general equilibrium theory. He is a recipient of the prestigious Samuelson Prize and the first Bodossaki Prize in economics.
Geanakoplos will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree.
Massachusetts State Senator Harriette Chandler, M.A. ’63, Ph.D. ’73
Senator Harriette Chandler , M.A. ’63, Ph.D. ’73,  is the Massachusetts State Senator for the First Worcester District. She previously served as a member of the Worcester School Committee and the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and she was the first woman Worcester resident ever to be elected to the Massachusetts Senate. She serves as the Senate Majority Leader and Vice Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Housing. She is a member of the Senate Committee on Ethics, the Senate Committee in Rules and Joint Committee on Housing. Chandler is a long-time pragmatic progressive advocate for health care reform, education, veteran’s issues, housing, civil rights, and women’s matters. Chandler will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
More information about the 2016 Clark University Commencement can be found online:
Founded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a small, liberal arts-based research university addressing social and human imperatives on a global scale. Nationally renowned as a college that changes lives, Clark is emerging as a transformative force in higher education today. LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of education that combines a robust liberal arts curriculum with life-changing world and workplace experiences. Clark’s faculty and students work across boundaries to develop solutions to complex challenges in the natural sciences, psychology, geography, management, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change. The Clark educational experience embodies the University’s motto: Challenge convention. Change our world.

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