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2019 GALA conference: draft programme and registration details

Networks across Time and Space
September 12–14, 2019
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont California, USA

Claremont Graduate University will host the 6th Annual GALA conference dedicated to the theme of networks. At its core, GALA represents the partnering of universities, faculty, and students together in a number of different networks of communication, research, idea exploration and teaching. In its sixth year, this conference will assess these networks and examine their value as a cornerstone in the development of liberal arts education. We will probe the nature and value of these networks, explore the success and failure of networks past and present, and offer prospective calls for future networks.

The conference will take place on the campus of Claremont Graduate University, a private, free-standing graduate school, that is part of the Claremont College Consortium. Nestled in beautiful Claremont, CA, the seven-college consortium offers a diverse, university-sized faculty set within a liberal arts college atmosphere, all within 35 miles of downtown Los Angeles.

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Draft programme

Thursday 12 September

Student workshops

Governance and Strategy meeting (invitation only)

Welcome drinks and introductory talks
CGU President’s House


Friday 13 September

Welcome and framing the conference
Ian Gadd, Academic Director, GALA

Provosts’ Panel: Universities and networks (roundtable discussion)
Participants to include:
Duan Peng, Vice President, Communications University of China
Patricia Easton, Provost, Claremont Graduate University, USA
Ewa Gruszczyńska, Vice-Rector for Education, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland
Jairos Kangira, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Namibia
Samuel A. Nyanchoga, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya
Ruksana Osman, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Transformation, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Stacey Robertson, Provost, SUNY Geneseo, USA,
Neil Sammells, Provost, Bath Spa University, UK
Zerihun Woldu, Director of Research, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia


Networks in theory and practice
Mark Loon (Bath Spa University): Networks for Business Model Innovation and Portfolios
Alexey Verbetsky (RANEPA): Networks as Mechanisms of Intellectual Capital Development
Jeanne Holm (City of Los Angeles and Claremont Graduate University): Open Data and Public Policy around the world

Lunch (provided)

Universities Connecting the World 1
Sarah Flavel (Bath Spa University): Permeable Identities: The University as Network in Intercultural Context
Bryan Edward Penprase (Soka University of America): Surveying University networks outside GALA.


Universities Connecting the World 2
Manjeet Ridon (DeMontfort University): Demonstrating the Value of Liberal Arts Education and Academic Networking: the Silk Road Cultural Exchange Project
Ghazala Bhatti (Bath Spa University) & Wiel Veugelers (University for Humanistic Studies): Networking with seven universities for Intercultural Education, Democracy and Global Citizenship.
Brandi L. Hall (Bath Spa University): World Heritage and Collaborations: The Story of UK WHS and the Value of their International Partnerships

Dinner & lecture by John Katzman
Saturday 14 September

The University in the Community
Michael Leroy Oberg (SUNY Geneseo): The Geneseo Center for Local and Municipal History
Emilie Champagne and André Roy (Concordia): [TBC] Marc Leverton & Ekta Mahajan (Bath Spa University): Creating and building networks to develop entrepreneurial skills and competencies


GALA: the past five years, the next five years (roundtable discussion)
Ian Gadd, Academic Director, GALA
Rebecca McGuire-Snieckus, Associate Academic Director, GALA
Joshua Goode, Claremont Graduate University
Stacey Robertson, SUNY Geneseo
Eric Freedman, Columbia College, Chicago
André Roy, Concordia University
Francesca Zanella, University of Parma

Student voices


Tackling the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
Andrew Vosko, Claremont Graduate University

Workshop A: Research and Sustainable Development Goals (tbc)

Workshop B: Teaching and Sustainable Development Goals (tbc)


Workshop feedback and discussion

Ian Gadd, Academic Director, GALA

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