International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE) Department

IDCE: The First Ten Years

The International Development, Community, and Environment Department (IDCE) is reflecting upon its first ten years as a formal department at Clark University.

IDCE is using this time as an opportunity to reflect critically upon what we have achieved in our first ten years and what we would like to do in the next ten. We aim to consider our mission and some of our key accomplishments, as well as to consider the future roles of interdisciplinary departments like ours focused on the intersections of engaged research and practice.

Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers
March 30 and March 31, 2011

Clark University
950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610


4:00 p.m.
Higgins University Center
Tilton Hall

Amy GoodmanIDCE presents keynote speaker Amy Goodman, award-winning investigative journalist, author, and syndicated columnist, as well as the host of Democracy Now!.

For more information on Amy Goodman please visit Reception to follow.


  • March 31, 2011 - Plenary and Program Panels

    IDCE will facilitate an all-day symposium on the theme, "Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers". There will be plenary sessions and panels created and hosted by each of IDCE's four main graduate programs.

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Global Health and Social Justice: Who Sets the Agenda?

Panelists: Donna Barry, Cha Cha Connor, Ellen Foley, Kari Hartwig, Marianne Sarkis
Location: Grace Conference Room, plenary panel

10:45 - 12:00 p.m. (concurrent panels)

Meeting Complex Challenges: The Evolution of Environmental Science and Policy

Panelists: Halina Szejnwald Brown, David Cash, Roger Kasperson, James Salo, Joanne Shatkin, Jennie Stephens
Location: Lurie Conference Room, ES&P panel

Building Bridges Between Research and Practice: The “hyphen” in ‘scholar-practitioner’

Panelists: David Bell, Anita Häusermann Fàbos, Alexandra Pinschmidt, Janet Redman, Lawrence Were
Location: Grace Conference Room, IDSC panel

12:00 - 2:00 pm


  • IDCE Alumni/Student Networking Lunch and Career Panel

    IDCE would like to highlight some of the exciting career paths that our alumni have embarked upon. Join us for a panel that will include IDCE alumni sharing their career development and professional experiences. All attendees are invited to lunch where you will have the opportunity to network with IDCE students and alumni.
  • Panelists: Download the Panelist Sheet for this Panel.
  • Location: Clark University, Higgins University Center, Abrahms Gallery and Grace Conference Room
  • RSVP: RSVP your intention to participate, as well as your current career contact information, to

IDCE Faculty, Affiliates, and Friends Lunch

IDCE invites the larger Clark community to join us in reflecting upon IDCE's First Ten Years. By invitation only.

Location: Clark University, Higgins University Center, Tilton Hall

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (concurrent panels)

Geospatial Technologies for Environmental Sustainability: The Potential and Limitations

Panelists: Robert Bouvier, Kate Doiron, Ronald Eastman, Victor H. Gutierrez-Velez, Hamil Pearsall
Location: Lurie Conference Room, GISDE panel

Learning from Practice Stories:  Tales from a Planner, an Executive Director, and a Community Organizer

Panelists: Amar Azucena, Laurie Ross, Matt Wally, Evan Wilson

Location: Grace Conference Room, CDP panel

3:45 - 5:00 p.m. (concurrent panels)

Neighborhoods and Regions of Promise: Pathways to Sustainable Development

Panelists: Tim Downs, Tim Garvin, Robert L. Goble, Roger Kasperson, Hamil Pearsall, Rev. Dr. Sarai Rivera
Location: Grace Conference Room, plenary panel

Participatory Approaches to Development:  New Avenues and Critical Reflections

Panelists: Jude Fernando, Richard Ford, Laura Hammond, Frislain Isidor, Barbara Thomas Slayter
Location: Lurie Conference Room, plenary panel

5:15 - 6:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks by IDCE Director William Fisher and IDCE Alumni Stories
Location: IDCE House


More information about panels and panelists can be found in the Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers Symposium Booklet.


All events are open to the public and admission is free. Get directions and parking information or download a Clark campus map.

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