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Athenaeum and Athenaeum Arts Series
The Athenaeum and Athenaeum Arts Series seek to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of the Western New England University community. Programs are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.
Social Justice Through Culture
Luxton Lecture: “Like I’ve Never Been Born: The Importance of Mattering in Everyday Life.”
Professor Gregory Elliott
Department of Sociology, Brown University
To what extent do we believe that we make a difference in the lives of others? Combining empirical evidence with indices to measure mattering, Dr. Gregory Elliott explores the inverse relationship between mattering and dysfunctional behavior in adolescence. His work examines the impact of structural and demographic factors, and suggests how parents, teachers, and other significant people in the lives of adolescents can work to instill a sense of mattering in those under their care.
This program is sponsored by the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology and D’Amour Library.
“Community-Level Recycling: Policies, Practices, and Outcomes in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts”
Jason Seacat, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology Western New England University
Over the last couple years, my research team at Western New England University has collected data on community recycling practices, policies and outcomes for 350 communities across the commonwealth of Massachusetts. My talk will focus on the information learned from this state-wide assessment as well as practical and policy implications for improving recycling generally. Massachusetts is one of the leading states in the nation with regard to recycling outcomes with approximately 38% of all material solid waste (MSW) being recycled annually. Despite being a leader in this area, Massachusetts still buries or incinerates approximately 7 million tons of MSW annually. Of this disposed amount a further 3-4 million tons could be recycled, but is not. Data from our study show that communities implementing or enforcing programs such as pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) for waste disposal may significantly increase community recycling rates but the public perception of (PAYT) has been mixed. Strategies to effectively implement PAYT and other programs will be discussed. Audience participation will be strongly encouraged.
This program is sponsored by the Department of Psychology and D’Amour Library.
Do More at D'Amour
A series of workshops designed to help students, faculty, and staff explore new technologies in conjunction with resources and services at D’Amour Library. Through sessions on technology tools and research strategies, the program aims to empower members of the university community to make the most of the learning opportunities offered at Western New England University.
All workshops are held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in D’Amour DLC (Room 215) unless stated otherwise. Contact Emily Porter-Fyke with questions or to sign up: email@example.com or 413-782-1537.