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Make My Mandala
Stephen Vetter will be Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at CIA from
October 6-10, 2014.
When CIA confirmed that Stephen Vetter would be a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow in the fall of 2014, the news spurred planning for what will be a yearlong academic emphasis on the importance of art and social change – the multi-layered Community Works effort that includes a national conference, visiting artists, exhibitions, a symposium and new courses.
Rather than dropping in for one lecture and then leaving town, Vetter will be in residence at CIA for an entire week, from October 6-10, 2014, meeting with students, faculty, college administrators, and board members. He also will take part in two institution-wide presentations, seven class charettes, and many roundtables with faculty members and department chairs.
Vetter's public presentations will include:
The City Club's weekly Friday Forum presentation is broadcast across the country and will be shown live, via webcast, at CIA as part of the college's ongoing Lunch On Fridays lecture series. Lunch On Fridays presentations are always free and open to the public.
Vetter is president of Partners of the Americas, an international grassroots organization that connects volunteers, organizations, and communities. With more than 35 years of experience in international and domestic development, he brings a rich background in international voluntary service, grassroots community leadership and developing public-private partnerships to reduce poverty and improve the economic and social development of disadvantaged populations.
Prior to his arrival at Partners of the Americas, Vetter held a number of executive-level positions at the Inter-American Foundation, a public corporation dedicated to supporting the self-help efforts of grassroots communities in Latin America and the Caribbean. He also served as the president and CEO of Eureka Communities, a nonprofit leadership program that provided fellowship support to inner city leaders working to improve the life conditions of children and families living in poverty.
He also has served on a number of philanthropic, nonprofit, and corporate boards and committees and currently serves on the advisory board of the 911 Fund, the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, and Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance. Vetter received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Ohio University.
The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges. For more than 35 years, this program has brought prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the United States for substantive dialogue with students and faculty members. Through these week-long residential programs of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions, the fellows create better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds.
Vetter’s visit will focus on: the importance of service learning for students; the power of volunteers in a global society; the loss of social trust and what it means for the new citizen; global environmental change and local responses—what you can do; youth leadership issues; and the importance of a liberal education in a conservative world.
Visiting artists, exhibitions, conference and symposia exploring socially engaged art.
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