University Network for Collaborative Governance 2012 Annual Meeting

UNCGEmbedding Collaborative Governance in Universities, Communities, and Government

June 10-12, 2012

Syracuse, NY

Co-sponsored by UNCG and the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), Maxwell School at Syracuse University

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Featured Sessions

Sunday, June 10, 7:30 - 9:00pm: Dr. Reverend Ebenezer Abernathy’s Mellifluously, Melodious and Medicative Freedom Revival of Greater Central New York [a.k.a. the Dream Freedom Revival (DFR)]

The Dream Freedom Revival, or“Dr. Reverend Ebenezer Abernathy’s Mellifluously, Melodious and Medicative Freedom Revival of Greater Central New York,” (DFR) is a character-driven, community-based musical theater project that is inspired in part by the Evangelical revivals that were prominent in Central New York in the 19th century.Directed by Imagining America’s Associate Director Kevin Bott, the DFR draws on this region’s history and legacy of freedom: “The guiding ethos of the project is that democracy is driven by those who participate in it. Our aim is to use popular performance to inspire and encourage a meaningful engagement with real-world issues in Syracuse and the Central New York region. My goal is that the many groups and individuals working on social and political issues see that performance can be used to bring more people directly into the conversations and activities they’re already undertaking.”

Monday, June 11, 11:45am - 1:00pm: Keynote Speakers Freida Jacques (Onondaga Nation) and Jack Manno (SUNY Albany) "The Two-Row Wampum: Collaboration between the Onondaga Nation and Environmental, Educational and Governmental Institutions"

In Central New York and globally, the Onondaga Nation is an important participant in policy-making concerning land use, education and environmental issues. Freida Jacques, a leader (Clan Mother) at the Onondaga Nation and Jack Manno, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies (SUNY Albany) and advocate for Native Rights and Indigenous values with the Neighbors of Onondaga Nation will discuss their experiences with dialogue and collaborative decision making between the Onondaga Nation andvarious institutions of governance.

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Numerous centers for collaborative governance have sprung up at universities across the country and around the world. These centers seek to assist citizens and leaders to engage in dialogue, discussion, problem solving, and conflict resolution around public issues. Few would argue against the need for such centers, particularly given the numerous policy challenges we currently face in our communities, states, and nation. However, while these centers have had successes in practice and service, teaching and training, and/or in research, their assistance is not consistently sought out by decision makers in the universities, communities, and governments they serve. 

This conference will focus on one central question: How do we make collaborative governance an embedded feature in the regular work of universities, communities, and governments?

Maxwell SchoolLocations:

Syracuse University

Maxwell School

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Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel

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A block of rooms is set aside at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel at the rate of $125 (plus tax) per night. Please make your own reservation by calling  1-800-395-2105 or visiting the website personalized for UNCG . Make reservations by May 11, 2012 to get the group rate.  

Group Rate Code By Phone: Policy Consensus Initiative


Please complete the registration form and fax to 503-725-9099 or mail a completed copy along with your payment to PCI, or email to Payment must be by check or through PayPal.

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Registration fee covers Sunday dinner, Monday and Tuesday breakfasts, lunches and break. The meeting will begin at 5:00pm on Sunday night (June 10, 2012) and conclude at 2:00pm on Tuesday (June 12, 2012). The UNCG Steering Committee will hold its annual meeting at 3:00pm on Sunday, June 10, 2012.