CRVNETTERS may be interested in the following information about the
LINKS '98 conference, "Interaction and Inclusion: State Governments,
State Universities and the Public Interest." Please forward this
information to others who may be interested.
Please note the January 10, 1998, deadline for proposals. If you
need additional information, or want a copy of the proposal form,
contact National Program Committee co-chairs Garrison Nelson or
Elizabeth Sherman directly at:
LINKS '98 Conference, McCormack Institute of Public Affairs,
University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard,
Boston, MA 02125-3393; Tel: 617-287-5550; Fax: 617-287-5544; or
e-mail: <[log in to unmask]>.
LINKS '98 Conference: "Interaction and Inclusion: State Governments,
State Universities and the Public Interest"
In April 1998, the University of Massachusetts-Boston will host the
sixth annual national conference to examine and strengthen the links
between state government and public institutions of higher
education. Previous host institutions have included the California
State University of Sacramento (1993), the University of Georgia
(1994), the University of Colorado (1995), Michigan State University
(1996), and the University of Illinois at Springfield (1997).
The LINKS conference was established to facilitate the collaboration
of public universities and state governments for the purpose of
improving public programs and responding to changing social needs.
The conference provides a means for public universities and state
governments to gain practical insights by increasing and transforming
their interactions with one another. This conference will focus on
applied public policy research, graduate education, and technical
The 1998 LINKS conference, entitled "Interaction and Inclusion:
State Governments, State Universities and the Public Interest," will
be held in Boston from the evening of April 15, 1998, through the
morning of April 18, 1998. We are working closely with legislative,
executive and judicial officers in Massachusetts and New England to
provide a forum for academics and practitioners throughout the
United States to meet and discuss issues of mutual interest.
In hopes that you will become directly involved in the 1998 LINKS
conference, you are invited to participate in the program. Topics of
interest to be explored are as follows:
1) evaluating the efficacy of state government programs and
assessing the public's awareness of and response to state government
2) exploring the role of the mass media in communicating state
government programs and policy innovations to the public;
3) expanding the recruitment base of state government to make it
more inclusive of diverse personnel and broader policy initiatives;
4) maximizing new technologies to facilitate communication among
public university research centers, state government agencies, state
legislatures, state courts, private information sources, the media,
and the public; and
5) enhancing the ability of university-based institutes and centers
to respond to the changing needs of state government.
Proposals are welcome from academics and practitioners in state
government. Various formats are available including: panel
presentations on a specific topic; individual paper presentations;
round table discussions; and a poster session. A form for submission
can be obtained directly from the conference sponsors.
Program proposals will be considered until January 10, 1998.
However, earlier submissions would greatly facilitate the planning
process. An early response is particularly important if you would
like assistance in putting together a panel. In any case, please feel
free to contact either Garrison Nelson or Elizabeth Sherman to
discuss any ideas which you might have for the conference.
Kelly Dutra, Secretary
Center for Research on Vermont
589 Main Street, Nolin House
University of Vermont
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