Examining the Spectrum

The first in a series of Pace-wide research lectures addresses the field of autism research and interdisciplinary program development.

Pace University is an institution of esteemed learning, research, and scholarship, and on November 20 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:05 p.m., faculty and staff are invited to the first Pace-wide research lecture and Q&A.

Not only will this Provost-sponsored lecture series give the Pace Community an opportunity to get to know and learn from our colleagues, but it also gives us the opportunity to generate ideas for joint research. The first lecture in the series was chosen on the basis that it covers nearly all disciplines at Pace. It is a subject of great interest to many people who have encountered this disorder in their families and the research of the presenter, Dianne Zager, PhD, is internationally renowned.

The first lecture, Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Fertile Field for Research and Program Development Across Disciplines, will be presented by Dyson Professor Dianne Zager, PhD, the Michael C. Koffler Professor of Autism at Pace University.

The presentation will be broadcasted Pace-wide from Videoconference Room 319 in NYC (with lots of seating), to Videoconference Room Miller 16 in PLV, and to Videoconference Room 511 in the Graduate School in White Plains.

Convocation to Common Reading: A Community Celebrating Differences

On September 7, first-year students will set the academic tone for their Pace experience as they step onto the PLV campus for an afternoon filled with self-discovery, inspiration, food, fun, and hopefully, YOU!

Pace’s third annual Convocation is right around the corner on September 7. What better way to kick off the fall semester than spending a day with bright new students, flinging yourself onto a velcro wall, and hearing an inspiring story from a woman who was diagnosed with autism, but not deterred?

The event will also include a Pre-Convocation Fair with more than 20 interactive booths and prizes, a BBQ, and tons of fun games and giveaways.

In addition to the food and festivities, this year’s event will highlight one of the world’s most inspirational heroes: keynote speaker Temple Grandin, who was featured in the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Diagnosed with autism before she turned three, Grandin is perhaps the most famous and accomplished adult with autism in the world.  Her pioneering understanding of animals, drawing on her own special sensitivities, has made her one of the world’s leading designers of facilities to increase the humane treatment of livestock. She’s written seven books and 700 articles, is in high demand as a speaker, and has been featured everywhere from People to the Today Show.

For more information on Convocation 2010, and to register and sign up for free transportation, click here.

Post-Convocation Celebration

Just because the party’s over doesn’t mean the learning–or the fun–has to end. In the weeks that follow Convocation, Pace will be holding two important evening programs for first-year students that will continue the important conversation about celebrating differences:

  • The first, Temple Grandin Film Viewing and Discussion, will include a screening of the biopic starring Claire Danes that the Wall Street Journal describes as “spellbinding.” The film, which is nominated for 15 Emmy awards, will be followed by 20-30 minute, large group discussions facilitated by you!  This program is slated for Tuesday, September 14, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Pace Perk on the Briarcliff campus.
  • The second, a Common Reading Discussion, will consist of interactive activities and discussions about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.  A number of small-group discussions will be held in the first-year residence halls (in Briarcliff and PLV) on Tuesday, September 21, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Pace is looking for faculty and staff to help facilitate discussions at one or both of these events. If you are interested, please contact Sue Maxam at smaxam@pace.edu today. For those of you in NYC who are unable to make the discussions in PLV and Briarcliff, but would like to see it happen in NYC, send Sue your thoughts!

Cliffs Notes for Convocation

If you haven’t read this year’s Common Reading, which is written from the perspective of a young boy with Asperger syndrome, we encourage you to pick up a copy today. More than an entertaining whodunit, the book focuses on self discovery, uncovering and using one’s strengths, and celebrating the differences of others. It was also the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year and the 2004 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. But don’t just take our word for it. See what other Pace faculty and staff have to say:

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