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UMass Lowell Conference:

April 2007 UMass Lowell Conference to explore the challenges of community-
university partnerships

Lowell, MA - The University of Massachusetts, Lowell's Committee on Industrial
Theory and Assessment (CITA) has announced its annual conference, "Community-
University Partnerships: How do we achieve the promise?" Recognizing that
community-university partnerships are increasing in number and scope both at
UML and across the world, conference organizers sought abstracts from
practitioners and academics who have worked to build successful partnerships.

The conference, to be held in Lowell, MA on April 26 and 27, 2007, will bring
together participants from both academic and professional backgrounds to
address the timely issue of sustaining productive and beneficial partnerships
between communities and universities. The presenters, hailing from dozens of
universities across the country and ten different nations, will meet in Lowell
to share their broad range of experiences, highlighting successes as well as
barriers and challenges to be overcome.

Exploring this array of regional, national and international perspectives, the
conference will address an unprecedented variety of issues within the sphere of
community-university partnerships. Attendees will have over 60 presentations
from which to choose, offered over the course of twenty morning and afternoon
sessions. The sessions, which will include paper presentations, special
addresses, and panel discussions, will be grouped by topic. Examples of
session topics include "Partnership Strategies for Community Development,"
"Public Health Partnerships," "Education and Activism," and "Ethical Issues in

Following the conference sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to
explore the historical and cultural landmarks of Lowell. At the end of
Thursday's sessions a reception will be held at the historic Boott Mills, where
attendees will be able to view exhibits highlighting Lowell's industrial

Registration for "Community-university partnerships: How do we achieve the
promise?" is free and open to all. CITA conference organizers encourage
prospective attendees to register early for this unique opportunity, as space
will be limited. Registration information and additional details about the
conference are available at:

For more information, please contact CITA co-chairs Robert Forrant
( and Linda Silka (