J. Michael Adams Lecture and Conversation Series 2016


Third Annual United Nations Academic Impact J. Michael Adams Lecture and Conversation Series at United Nations Headquarters in New York

On Thursday, December 1, 2016, the third annual United Nations Academic Impact J. Michael Adams Lecture and Conversation Series was held at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Twenty-five FDU students, staff, faculty, including President Christopher Capuano and Professor Jason Scorza, vice provost for academic and international affairs, attended.

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Cristina Gallach, opened the session and acted as the moderator. Mrs. Susan Adams, spouse of the late President Adams, also spoke.

This year the keynote address was given by Mark Harris, president emeritus of ELS Educational Services and Berlitz. For more than fifty years, ELS and Berlitz have served the cause of multilingualism and global citizenship by empowering students to acquire fluency in a language other than their own. Harris addressed current issues on xenophobia and the migrant crisis all over the world. He pointed out that there are currently more than 60 million refugees worldwide. He explained how language is a powerful tool to bring people together and build bridges and how important it is to teach it to integrate people into a new country and society.

H.E. Syed Akbaruddin, the Indian Permanent Representative to the U.N., addressed the audience and provided an overview of the many languages which are spoken in India and how it is to live in such a language diverse county.

In September the United Nations launched TOGETHER (http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/together), a global campaign that aims to change negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants, and to strengthen the social contract between host countries and communities, and refugees and migrants.  Secretary-General of the United Nations H.E. Ban Ki-moon attended the event to give an overview of this project.

The entire event can be viewed here: http://webtv.un.org/watch/living-in-a-shrinking-world-sharing-our-future-together/5231378015001

UNAI event 2016

Vice Provost Jason Scorza presenting Higher Education as a Bridge to the Future

FDU President Christopher Capuano and Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon

Susan Adams and Ban Ki-moon


The UNAI J. Michael Adams Lecture and Conversation Series was inaugurated in 2014 in remembrance of educator, author and advocate of global citizenship, J. Michael Adams. Dr. Adams served as president of Fairleigh Dickinson University from 1999 until his death in 2012, during which time he inspired a new vision and mission dedicated to preparing world citizens through global education. Under his leadership Fairleigh Dickinson sparked new and close ties with the United Nations, including becoming the first university in the world to earn Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the creation of the UN Pathways program to bring U.N. speakers to campus and becoming the very first member of United Nations Academic Impact.


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