Over the past ten years, the Public Engagement Project (PEP) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst has worked to expand the engagement of scholars within many spheres outside the academy. Through campus-wide programming, faculty fellowships, and networking opportunities, PEP has helped faculty develop skills and capacities they need to inform public policy, enrich public debate, and contribute to the public good. Please join us as we celebrate PEP's 10th anniversary, including reflections on its past and visions for its future. The event will culminate in an invited lecture by Dr. Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, who will speak about the importance and value of public engagement.
Deputy Chancellor and Chief Planning Officer
Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University. She has served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard, as well as President of the Social Science History Association and President of the American Political Science Association. She is currently Director of the Scholars Strategy Network. Skocpol has been awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science and has been elected to membership in all three major U.S. interdisciplinary honor societies: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences. Her work covers an unusually broad spectrum of topics including both comparative politics and American politics. Her books and articles have been widely cited in political science literature and have won numerous awards, including the 1993 Woodrow Wilson Award of the American Political Science Association for the best book in political science for the previous year. Skocpol's research focuses on U.S. social policy and civic engagement in American democracy, including changes since the 1960s. She has recently launched new projects on the transformations of U.S. federal policies in the Obama era.
This event is co-sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS),College of Natural Sciences (CNS), College of Education, College of Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA), School of Public Policy (SPP), Center for Research on Families (CRF), College of Engineering, Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), the Office of the Provost, and University Relations.