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Seeking the Common Good: Empowering Through Policy

Story posted September 22, 2009

Seeking the Common Good, a yearlong series of public events, reflects the role of the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good to encourage and support learning and reflection about the meaning of the common good and to increase understanding and dialogue to help address issues of broad public concern.

The fall semester's theme, Empowering through Policy, examines public policy from multiple perspectives and in relation to major issues such as health, education and the environment, with an eye toward enhancing students' understanding of how policy works and the various roles they can play in influencing policy as a way in which to effect change.

Lakhina Ky '11 (right) with Teeda, a young girl she met while working in Kampong Khleang, Cambodia in August 2009.

The series kicks off Wednesday, September 23, 2009, with "Translating Scientific Research into Public Policy: Early Childhood Roots of Health and Educational Disparities," a conversation with Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D., professor of neuroscience at Rockefeller University. The talk will be held at 4 p.m. in the McKeen Center Common Room.

McKeen Center Web Site

Check out the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good Web site, offering continuously updated content regarding community service opportunities, a schedule of events and other happenings.

Specializing in the neuroscience of stress, McEwen has been involved in recent years as a member of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.

This group focuses on bringing scientific evidence on the influences of early life experiences on learning, memory and health to bear on public policy.

See the entire Empowering Through Policy schedule.

Event sponsors include the McKeen Center, departments of Biology, Education, and Sociology and Anthropology, Environmental Studies Program, Career Planning Center, Lectures and Concerts Committee, Brodie, Kates and Rusack families, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Morgan Family Foundation.

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