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Office for Public Engagement Spring Symposium

The Office for Public Engagement will hold its spring symposium on Wednesday, April 14, 9:00 AM to Noon in Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center.

This symposium, The Research University of the 21st Century: The Role of Public Engagement, will feature representatives from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota in discussions about the role of community engagement in a research university.

The University of Minnesota has been working on finding ways that community engagement will help us with our institutional priorities addressing research, interdisciplinary work, diversity, internationalization among others, by seeing community engagement as a vehicle to reaching those goals. Our institution must ethically engage in this work while facing a future of limited resources and increasing demands for accountability and assessment.

All of our Public Engagement Symposia are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested. Please send RSVP to:, by Monday, April 12.

This symposium features a panel of distinguished academics who will discuss the role of community engagement in the 21st Century research university. The panelists will present their perspectives on how community engagement is teaching and research at the university level. Following their presentations, the panelists will respond to questions from the audience and then participate in small group roundtable discussions with audience members.

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