CityWorks (X)po 2017 Tickets Are On Sale Now

CityWorks (X)po 2017 Tickets Are On Sale Now

You aren’t going to want to miss this year’s incredible event!

Now in its 7th year, (X)po continues to start conversations that can change the world by providing a platform for sharing big ideas. (X)po has a schedule, but there is no “agenda.” These opportunities to interact without an agenda so that those involved have the freedom to truly innovate. Speakers and attendees collaborate throughout the annual gathering, and lifelong relationships form. We know this from experience: (X)po is a place for thinkers and dreamers, doers and leaders.

What: A national idea exchange and festival conference for anyone who is passionate about the work of placemaking and creating stronger communities. This means…

  • -Incredible Speakers-
  • -Fun After-Hours Events-
  • -Educational Field Trips-
  • -A Network of Tremendous People-

When: October 5-7. 2017

Where: Historic Grandin Village Roanoke, VA

Why: Because you will leave energized and informed about how to create positive change in our communities. (Bonus – You will meet some of the best people in the world!)

Cost: Just $195 (We are able to lower our prices this year because of our tremendous sponsors!)


Soumendra Patnaik appointed as new VC of Utkal University

Soumendra Mohan Patnaik, Professor of Anthropology in Delhi University, has been appointed as new vice-chancellor (VC) of the Utkal University.  According to the notification issued by the office of Odisha Governor, Patnaik will take charge from professor Ashok Das as the next VC.  Notably, Patnaik, who is the President of Indian Anthropological Association, has been teaching Social Anthropology for the last 24 years.  He was a Fulbright –Nehru Visiting Lecturer at VT Institute for Policy and Governance /Urban Affairs and Planning Virginia Tech University, USA (August 2011 to Jan 2012). He was also visiting faculty to many universities both home and abroad.  He is also the chairperson, managing committee of International Students house for women (DU).

Student Update

Rebecca Powell-Doherty is excited to report that she will be the TB Vaccine Project Manager within Oxford University, Nuffield Department of Medicine, Jenner Institute in Oxford, England. She will be working with Professor Helen McShane to coordinate and manage the clinical trials associated with the tuberculosis research group. She states that it is a great fit for her previous experiences, and she very, very excited!!

July 2017 Newsletter

Thank you to all who were a part of putting this together, and thank you for reading!

From the Director: Tidings Quarterly Reflection:

The “Beloved Community:” Aspiring to be a Truly Free and Self-Governing Society


Call for Submissions (deadline September 15, 2017) The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development is seeking submissions for publication in the Continue reading

Congratulations to Kristin Haas!

Kristin Haas, (MPIA) received her Master’s Degree on May 4, 2017. Her committee was Max Stephenson (as Chair)(IPG), Trish Nickel (GIA), Christian Matheis (GIA), and Timothy Luke (Political Science). She has accepted a position at Seed Change Tanzania located in Kigoma, Tanzania. Seed Change Tanzania is a non-profit social enterprise working to build a smallholder focused sustainable oil palm industry in Kigoma.Their website is here: . Kristin is very excited about her new adventure. She leaves on July 7th. Congratulations Kirstin and we wish her well.


Congratulations to Dr. Chris Davidson (Education and Leadership)

Chris Davidson, Education and Leadership, successfully defended his dissertation on June 8, 2017. The title of his dissertation was: Veteran Influx: A Qualitative Study Examining the Transition Experiences of Student Veterans from the Military to College.

His committee consisted of Dr. Steven Janosik, (Chair Higher Education), Dr. Claire K. Robbins (Higher Education), Dr. Gabriel R. Serna (Higher Education) and Dr. David Kniola (Educational Research and Evaluation).

Congratulations to Dr. Davidson, who is the 30th doctoral student affiliated with the Institute for Policy and Governance to complete their work since the Institute’s founding on July 1, 2006!


Congratulations to Dr. Anna Erwin (PGG)

Congratulations to Dr. Anna Erwin (PGG), who is the 30th doctoral student affiliated with the Institute for Policy and Governance to complete their work since the Institute’s founding on July 1, 2006!

Dr. Erwin successfully defended her dissertation on Monday 4/24. The title of her work was “Participation in a Shifting Global Context? A Case Study of Labor and Faith in the American South.” A special thank you to committee members Barbara Ellen Smith (Sociology), Kim Niewolny (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education), Andrew Scerri (Political Science) and by proxy for Professor Scerri, Anne Khademian (School of Public and International Affairs). Max Stephenson served as committee chair.