Friday, November 1, 2019
Dear ACURA/ NACUC Friends and Colleagues.
The excitement on College Hill, the home of Brown University and of The Rhode Island School of Design, is mounting. We are so looking forward to welcoming you next weekend for ACURA’s annual conference, Vulnerabilities and Thriving: Transformational Infrastructure in Higher Education meeting from Sunday, November 10 through Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
Registration for the conference will close Monday, November 4th. Find a link for registration and the full schedule for the conference at: https://acurachaplains.org/event-3514797.
My colleagues in the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life at Brown are truly delighted at the prospect of our time together and hope you will contact us with any needs you may have.
If you need to arrange for the Shuttle to pick you up from TF Greene, the Providence airport, for transport to the Homewood Suites, the conference hotel, that can be booked by calling their front desk at 401-942-2001 and dialing zero to reach the operator. There is a $10 fee.
Peace and Blessings from all of us here,
The Reverend Janet M. Cooper Nelson
Chaplain of the University
The Association of College and University Religious Affairs
Vulnerabilities and Thriving: Transformational Infrastructure in Higher Education
November 10-12, 2019
Hosts: The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Brown University, Providence RI
Accommodations: Homewood Suites Hotel:
Request ACURA block
Sunday, November 10
4:30 to 6:00 pm
Registration and Reception
Brown RISD Hillel, Lobby, 80 Brown Street
Shuttle departs Hotel lobby for Hillel at 4:15 pm
Book Signing: Celene Ibrahim, The Groton School
One Nation, Indivisible: Seeking Liberty and Justice from the Pulpit to the Streets
ACURA thanks Brown’s “Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT)” initiative for support of this event.
6:00 to 8:30 pm
Opening Supper Brown RISD Hillel, Social Hall Welcome to Hillel: Rabbi Josh Bolton, Executive Director, Brown RISD Hillel Opening Blessing: Rabbi Michelle Dardashti, Associate Chaplain for the Jewish Community and Rabbi, Brown RISD Hillel Greetings: Rev. Joanne Sanders, President, ACURA Remarks: Christina H. Paxson, President, Brown University Music by: Harmonizing Grace Gospel Choir of Brown University Celene Ibrahim, The Groton School One Nation, Indivisible: Seeking Liberty and Justice from the Pulpit to the Streets Introduction: Abtsam Saleh, OCRL Field Work Intern, HDS, MDiv ‘20
Shuttle returns to Hotel from Hillel lobby at 8:45 pm
Monday, November 11
Brown Faculty Club, Huttner Room, One Bannister Street
Welcome to ACURA at Brown and RISD
Shuttle departs from Hotel lobby for Faculty Club at 8:15 am
Vulnerability and Resilience: The Impact of Quaker Education on Personal Transformation
Sa’ed Atshan, Coordinator, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program; Assistant Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies, Swarthmore College Introduction: Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson, Chaplain of the University
10:10 to Noon
10:10 to 11:00 am
Landscape Room, Upstairs
Religious Literacy: A Queer Field or a Field with Many Queer People? Benjamin P. Marcus ’13, HDS MTS Program; Religious Literacy Specialist with the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute Moderator: Rachel Leiken ‘16, OCRL Field Work Intern, HDS ‘20
Beyond “Free Speech:” Discourse and Conflict on Campus
Yolanda Castillo-Appollonio, Director of Student Conduct and Community Stand-ards; Marlina Duncan, AVP for Academic Diversity, Associate Dean of the Gradu-ate School; Shay Collins, Director of Institutional Equity and Community Engage-ment; Moderator: Rabbi Michelle Dardashti
11:10 to Noon
The Room Where it Happens: Sacred Spaces that Speak Inclusion, or Not? Koren Bakkegard, AVP for Campus Life, Dean of Students; Ulli K. Ryder, Director, Intercultural Student Engagement, Rhode Island School of Design; Benjamin Mead, Assistant Director for Retreats and Spirituality Programs, Iona College; Charrise Barron, Interim Director Brown Center for Students of Color; Moderator: Jermaine Pearson, Associate Chaplain for the Protestant Community
Landscape Room, Upstairs
Inside/Outside: Blessings and Challenges of External Affiliations Michael Grabo, Associate Counsel, Office of General Counsel; Matthew Branch, Assistant Director for Student Activities; Rabbi Josh Bolton, Executive Director, Brown RISD Hillel; Moderator: Fr. Albert Duggan, OP ‘03, Associate Chaplain for the Catholic Community
Veteran’s Day Ceremony
Procession from the flagpole on the Main Green to Ruth Simmons Quad
1 to 2:30 pm
Lunch and Conversation
Blessing: Megan O’Brien Crayne, Brown RISD Catholic Community
Spirituality within the Work of Diversity and Inclusion
Shontay Delalue, VP for Institutional Equity and Diversity; Matthew Shenoda, Associate Provost for Social Equity and Inclusion, Professor of Literary Arts and Studies, Rhode Island School of Design; Andre Willis, Assistant Professor of Reli-gion; Moderator: Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson, Chaplain of the University
3:00 to 4 pm
Stories from the Field: Facilitated Conversations
A Place for Data in Chaplaincy Work?
Rev. Kate Smanik, Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life, Colby College
Page-Robinson Hall, Room 440, 69 Brown Street
ODL Work to Build Capacity
Vassar Colleagues: Rev. Samuel Speers and Elizabeth Aeschlimann
Page-Robinson Hall, Room 411, 69 Brown Street
Judaism on Campus: Where is the Work
Rabbi Michelle Dardashti,Hillel Student Lounge, 80 Brown Street (Additional sessions will be posted.)
Shuttle returns to Hotel from Page-Robinson lobby, 69 Brown Street, at 4:15 pm
Campus tour, good coffee, bookstore, hanging out
Banquet 20 Washington Place, Rhode Island School of Design
Blessing: Jermaine Pearson, Associate Chaplain for the Protestant Community
Greetings: Rosanne Somerson, President, Rhode Island School of Design
Music by: The Alef Beats of Brown University
Lessons from the Resilience Project: Souls—Not Just Minds—in CrisisIntroduction: Vanessa Britto, MD, Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Executive Director of Health and Wellness
Speaker: Daniel Jackson, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT; Author,Portraits of Resilience
Tuesday, November 12
9:00 to 10:30 am
20 Washington Place, Rhode Island School of Design
Continental Breakfast and Small Group Conversations
Discerning the Shape of the Future and Articulating Professional Standards
10:30 am to Noon
ACURA Business Meeting
For Sunday November 11th street parking will be easily available; both metered and not. Meters are not monitored on Sundays.
On Monday, November 12th the Faculty Club offers spaces along both sides of Bannister Street. Park as indicated by the signs. Retrieve a parking pass from the console inside the front door of the Faculty Club to display on your windshield. These spaces are available all day.
The Conference Hotel also offers parking for which a fee is charged. Conference sites are walking distance from the hotel or the Shuttle service from the hotel lobby may be utilized.
Places to go
Rhode Island School of Design Museum 20 N Main St, Providence, RI 02903
Sydney Providence (All day café) 400 Exchange Street, Providence, RI 02903
First Baptist Church in America 75 N Main Street, Providence, RI 02903
Café Choklad Two Thomas Street, Providence, RI 02903
David Winton Bell Gallery 64 College Street, Providence, RI 02912
Mills Tavern 101 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903
The Athenaeum 251 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903
Jacky’s Waterplace & Sushi Bar 200 Exchange Street, Providence, RI 02903
Gracie’s 194 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903
Brown Bookstore 244 Thayer Street, Providence, RI 02912
Breakfast and late afternoon snacks will be available at the conference hotel. Meals included in registration are as follows:
Sunday, November 10 - Opening plenary/Keynote dinner
Monday, November 11 - lunch, snacks, and dinner
Conference Hotel is Homewood Suites by Hilton in downtown Providence. Rooms are available at a conference rate of $169 per night A free shuttle will be offered for transportation from the conference hotel to Brown University.
To ease your registration process, we encourage you to use paypal or a credit card for this transaction. Invoicing is possible for special circumstances.
ACURA/NACUC Member Registration – $300
Non-member Registration – $450
One Day Registration (Monday) – $250
Graduate/seminary student Registration - $200