The Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity (PACH) will host "A Day of Reflection on the Roots of Our Crisis of Connection and Strategies for Change."
The Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity (PACH) will host "A Day of Reflection on the Roots of Our Crisis of Connection and Strategies for Change." The conference will bring together leading scholars, artists, scientists, activists, policymakers, and teenagers to discuss the science and practice that underscore our common humanity.
The event will take place on Sat., March 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at NYU’s Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 5th Floor (238 Thompson Street, between Washington Square South and W. 3rd Street).
PACH, a think-and-do tank at NYU funded by the NoVo Foundation, aims to integrate, generate, and communicate evidence about our humanity, the forces that disrupt it, and the means to reconnect to each other so that we may live in a more just and humane world.
“Across a wide range of scientific disciplines, we see confirmation that staying connected to each other allows us to live longer, healthier, and happier lives,” says Niobe Way, PACH’s principal investigator and a professor of applied psychology at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. “Yet we live in a modern world that privileges autonomy over relationships, independence over the community, and reinforces stereotypes that disconnect us from our own and from others' humanity.”
The event will combine talks and panel discussions with performances and interactive features. Conference participants include:
- Niobe Way, professor of applied psychology, NYU Steinhardt
- Carol Gilligan, university professor, NYU School of Law; professor of humanities and applied psychology, NYU Steinhardt
- Alisha Ali, associate professor of applied psychology, NYU Steinhardt
- Torrey Maldonado, author and New York City teacher
- Lisa Arrastia, founder and CEO, The Ed Factory
- Kent Harber, associate professor of psychology, Rutgers University
- David Amodio, associate professor of psychology and neural science, NYU
- Michael Kimmel, distinguished professor of sociology and gender studies, Stony Brook University
- Jimmie Briggs, co-founder and executive director, Man Up Campaign
- Mary Gordon, founder and president, Roots of Empathy
- Arun Sundararajan, professor of information, operations and management sciences, NYU Stern School of Business
- Gary Barker, international director, Promundo-DC
- Fabienne Doucet, associate professor of Education, NYU Steinhardt
- Khary Lazarre-White, executive director and co-founder, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
- Linda Kay Klein, director, Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose
- Stephan Wolfert, actor, writer, and director
- Dana Edell, executive director, SPARK Movement
- Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew professor of education, NYU Steinhardt
- Wendy Puriefoy, senior fellow for education, Ford Foundation; former president, Public Education Network
- Teenagers from George Jackson Academy and other schools in the New York area
The conference is free and open to the community, but space is limited. A light breakfast and lunch will be served, followed by a reception at the end of the day.
Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to Rachel Harrison, Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6797 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Other attendees must RSVP through the event’s website.
To continue the conversation on “our crisis of connection” and engage a global audience, PACH will host a related conference at NYU Abu Dhabi on April 11.
About the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (@nyusteinhardt)
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development prepares students for careers in the arts, education, health, media, and psychology. Since its founding in 1890, the Steinhardt School's mission has been to expand human capacity through public service, global collaboration, research, scholarship, and practice. To learn more about NYU Steinhardt, visit steinhardt.nyu.edu.