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2013.10.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: unonews@unomaha.edu

Service Learning Expert to Provide Keynote for International Conference Hosted by UNO This November

Omaha - One of the nation’s leading voices on the partnership between education, community and spirituality will be speaking in Omaha on Thursday, Nov. 7, as part of the 2013 International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) conference, which is being hosted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

Parker Palmer
Courtesy of PBS

Parker J. Palmer, director and founder of the Center for Courage and Renewal, will be providing a keynote speech from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Hilton Omaha, 1001 Cass St.

Palmer has influenced educators, politicians and spiritual leaders for more than 40 years as well as being a guest on prominent national news programs. He is the author of nine books, including award-winnings titles like “The Promise of Paradox,” “The Courage to Teach” and, his latest work, “Healing the Heart of Democracy.”

Palmer's remarks will draw heavily from his latest book, which addresses the negative effects of hyperpartisanship through spirituality and the ability to disagree while still respecting each other.

The public is invited to attend this luncheon at a cost of $75. Interested parties can register for the luncheon or the entire conference by visiting http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1227449. Those interested in registering for the entire conference should register by Sunday, Oct. 20, to revieve regular registration pricing. After Sunday, late registration is available at increased cost.

Palmer also holds 11 honorary doctorates from institutions across the country and was named one of the 30 “most influential senior leaders” in higher education by 10,000 fellow educators as part of the Leadership Project. In 2010, Palmer was given the William Rainey Harper Award, which has also been given to visionaries such as Margaret Mead, Marshall McLuhan and Paolo Friere.

The IARSLCE conference, hosted for the first time by UNO, will run Wednesday, Nov. 6, through Friday, Nov. 8, at the Omaha Hilton.

At the conference, speakers and educators from around the world will join Palmer to share research on the topics of teaching community engagement and the ability to learn through service learning.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Reinvigorating our Process of Discovery,” with a focus on re-establishing the foundations of research and implementation of today’s programs in order to move forward with new ideas and innovations in education and community engagement.

A schedule of events taking place at the conference can be found here: http://www.researchslce.org/conferences/

The mission of the IARSLCE, an international nonprofit organization, is to promote research on and the discussion of service-learning and community engagement. The IARSLCE was launched in 2005 and incorporated in 2007.

Previous conferences have been hosted by Vanderbilt University, Michigan State University and Tulane University.

For questions about Palmer’s keynote address, or the conference, contact Paul Sather, director of UNO’s Service Learning Academy, at 402.554.3196 or by email at psather@unomaha.edu.

For media requests, please contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at unonews@unomaha.edu.

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