Global Dialogue for Responsibility



April 12, 2010 at 09:00 AM 
April 16, 2010 at 09:00 PM 

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Virginia Tech 
Blacksburg, VA 


The Virginia Tech Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP) and the Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance (VTIPG) have partnered with Via International and the Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV) to offer a series of dialogues with highly successful leaders from across the globe. These leaders are entrepreneurs, organizers, and spiritual agents who have, often against extreme odds and forces, pressed on to create transformative programs, organizations and systems that address human issues and have had broad impacts on poverty (both physical and spiritual). 

Our dialogue will take place at Virginia Tech the week of April 11th and will involve six transformational social movement/nonprofit leaders, community members, students and faculty.

The mission of these dialogues is to:

  • Form an international community for dialogue, learning and exchange,
  • Seed the next generation of transformational leaders,
  • Build capacity for community and organizational sustainability; and
  • Create an emerging global network of support that is cross-generational, diverse, inclusive and grounded in systems that create a better quality of life.

 S C H E D U L E  O F  E V E N T S

Monday, April 12, 2010

  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am  --- Interviews with Transformational Leaders  -- Inn at VT
  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am --- Class Vist: Philosophy, Philosophy Department with Dr. Ari, room 329 McBride
  • 11:30am - 1:30 pm --- “A Pathway to Community: Decolonizing ourselves as a pathway from internalized prejudice toward a community leadership for being more fully human” (A conversation and reflection on leadership)  Dr. Larry Emerson, Navajo teacher and scholar 

    Schaeffer Memorial Baptist Church
    , 580 North High Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073
    Sponsored by the Community Foundation of the New River Valley, CSECP, VTIPG, The Community  Group, and The New Mountain Climbers
    Lunch will be served.  The event is free and open to the community.

For Event Information: visit this site

  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm  --- Roundtable Discussion with Graduate Students 
    VTIPG, Roanoke Street, Blacksburg, VA
  • 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm --- Class Visit:  Global Ethics Class
    Instructor: Joshua Gambrel; Host--
    Professor James C. Klagge, Chair Philosophy Department 
    Transformational Leader Guest Speaker: Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne
    Derring 3083 (holds 72)
  • 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm --- Class Visit:  The Art and Science of Animal Tracking 
    Instructor: Michael Blackwell; Assistant Director, University Honors Program

    Transformational Leader Guest Speaker: Dr. Larry Emerson

    Hillcrest 138
  • 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm --- Dinner on Campus at Detrick Dining Hall (D2)
  • 7:00 – 9:00 pm  --- Campus-Community Dialogue  Panel – “Succession and the Legacy of Leadership in the Midst of Change,” Transformational Leaders: Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, Dr. Larry Emerson, Bhavana Dee, Elisa Sabatini, and others. 
    1670 Litton Reaves Auditorium
       -- The event is free and open to the community
For event Information: visit this site

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm  ---  Global Dialogue Day 1
    The Inn at Virginia Tech
  • 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm  ---   Class Visit: Building Cities
    Professor Jack Davis, Dean College of Architecture & Urban Studies (CAUS)
    Transformational Leader:  Bhavana Dee, Village Action, Auroville India 
    Cowgill 300
  • 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm  ---  Reception for Humphrey Scholars & Transformational Leaders  
    The Inn at Virginia Tech
  • 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm  ---  Trustees Dinner (Transformational Leaders, Community Foundation of the New River Valley and Via International board members;  Directors of VT-IPG, VT-CSECP)
    Old Guard Room in Preston’s (The Inn at Virginia Tech)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm  ----  Global Dialogue Day 2
    The Inn at Virginia Tech
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ---  Reception for Transformational Leaders
    Hosted by Dr. Karen Depauw, Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education
    Graduate Life Center
    -- The event is open to all VT Graduate students
    The reception space will include the art presentation Connections: A Community Arts Project, an innovative project developed by Deepu George, one of the Virginia Tech Global Dialogue Scholars.
  • 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm  ---   Class Visit: Ut Prosim El Porvenir 
    Graduate Student Facilitator: Emily Barry

    Transformational Leader: Kathy Vargas
    Graduate Life Center, room B

Thursday, Apr 15, 2010

  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm --- Community Food Summit: “Food Security and Sustainability in our Rural Community: Addressing Hunger in the New River Valley.”
    Fieldstone United Methodist Church, 3385 North Franklin Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073-4029

    (540) 260-3402 / (540) 230-1492 on the day of the event

    Invitees include representatives of food pantries, food banks, sustainable foods, growers, soup kitchens, food diversion programs, emergency food assistance, and all interested community members. Sponsors:  VT Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships; the Community Foundation of the New River Valley, VTIPG.

    This event is free. Breakfast and lunch will be served.
For Event Information visit: visit this site
  • 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm  ---  Class Visit:  Global Ethics Class
    Instructor: SImon May, Host--Professor James C. Klagge, Chair Philosophy Department
    Transformational Leader Guest Speaker: Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne
    Guests include students of Dr. Patty Raun, Department Head, Department of Theatre and Cinema
    Surge 103A
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm  --- Campus Tour (Deepu George Host)
  • 3:00 – 4:00 pm ---  Visit to Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention (Dr. Jerzy Novak host) CPSVP, Norris Hall, 2nd Floor
  • 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm  --- VT Bench Dedication in honor of April 16th
    In Front of Burruss Hall
  • 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm --- Dinner Honoring His Excellency Raymond Joseph, The Ambassador of Haiti  Hosted by Dr. John Dooley, Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs
    Preston’s Restaurant (Inn at VT)
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm --- “Tribute to Haiti and Ut Prosim”
    Burruss Hall Auditorium
    This event will be centered on Haiti; Ambassador Joseph will speak; there will be a community quilt presentation, and various music and community engagement components
    Event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required; visit UUSA box office in Squires Student Center

Friday, April 16, 2010

  • Hoghan Dialogue Reunion--Hoghan Dialogue participants to gather, reflect and celebrate; including trip to Little River Valley site
    At home of Woody and Jackie Crenshaw
  • 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm  ---  Friday Night Jamboree
    Floyd Country Store
    Internationally famous music and dance venue 


Dr. Jim Dubinsky, Director, CSECP (
Virginia Tech 
540 2317935