Public Affairs Conference Seeks to Build Collaborative Communities – News


Actress, producer and lawyer Marlee Matlin is the headliner of the conference.

19th Annual Missouri State University Public Affairs Conference explores the transformation of words into actions to create collaborative communities.

From Words to Action: Building Collaborative Communitiesis the theme for the 2022 conference. It will be a mix of in-person and live events from September 20-22.

“This year’s public affairs conference is based on the premise that complex issues require collaboration across individuals, organizations and ways of thinking,” said Wooden Dr. ShannonMSU Provost Member for public affairs. “No one person, agency, professional field or intellectual discipline is likely to have the complete answer, so we need to think and work together.”

The conference includes:

  • A keynote address by Marlee Matlin.
  • Four plenary speakers.
  • A total of 18 virtual roundtables.

All events are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

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With an unwavering dedication to those who face adversity and a successful career in theater and production, Matlin has a wealth of inspiring ideas on building collaborative communities.

Matlin will be the keynote speaker at 7 p.m. on September 20 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. The keynote is free and open to the public. No ticket is required.

The event is made possible by the Missouri State Foundation with support from KY3/KSPR, the NBC/ABC TV affiliate in Springfield.

The Missouri State Foundation will host a VIP welcome with Matlin at 5:30 p.m. before his keynote address. Tickets for the VIP reception are available for purchase online.

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Plenary speakers

Liz Ogbu, an American architect, designer and urban planner, will discuss how innovative design can affect the so-called real world, from everyday conveniences to social justice. Ogbu will speak at 12:15 p.m. on September 21 via Zoom.

Jamira Burley, Fellow of the MIT Media Lab Director and Head of Youth Engagement, will discuss how to be authentic without fear. Burley will speak at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Plaster Student Union Theater.

Zach Anneraward-winning comedian, television host and writer, will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at the PSU Theater.

Leila Fadelhost of “Morning Edition” and “Up First,” will speak at 12:30 p.m. on September 22 at the PSU Theater.

Schedule, parking and information

For in-person speaker events, guests may park at BearPark North or BearPark South without a permit.

Live virtual sessions are presented via the Zoom webinar. Zoom links are available on the conference calendar page.

Free Bear Line Shuttle provides transportation to PSU from BearPark North.

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