Fall 2019

Fall 2019 Global Cafe Events

Theme – Our Options, Our Actions: Creating Communities of Resiliency

The Face of Addiction

A panel discussion among young, recovering heroin addicts and members of the UConn Recovery Community and Community Speaks Out (September 11, 2019, 12:30-2:00, Avery Point Auditorium

To view Part 1 of the Global Cafe Panel, click here.

To view Part 2 of the Global Cafe Panel, click here.

National Issues Forum-style deliberation on A House Divided: What would we have to Give Up to get the Political System We Want?

Global Cafe was proud to host a political deliberation on “A House Divided: What would we have to give up to get the political system we want?” Co-sponsored by the Dodd Center Democracy and Dialogues Initiative and the National Issues Forums Institute. 100 Avery Point community members, including faculty, staff, and students, gathered on Tuesday, October 22 in the Branford House to ask tough questions and learn from one another.

Many thanks to the Avery Point community for an exciting, meaningful, and thought-provoking event!


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Hey, Kiddo Book Talks

We offered a series of book talks on this year’s One Book, One Region book choice. Here’s an overview of the book: Jarrett’s mother is a heroin addict and his father isn’t in the picture. The boy, who is raised by his grandparents, is often confused about who he is and how he should conduct himself socially. He’s also a talented artist who uses his art – cartooning – as a sort of therapy as he struggles to deal with the nightmares that are left in his mom’s wake. The book is a graphic memoir, and the author will be at Conn College to talk with the public on September 17th. Hey, Kiddo is a heartfelt story — it’s relevant, serious, funny, and sad, and it’s a quick read!

  • Groton Public Library, September 10, 7:00 pm
  • Branford House, September 19, 12:15 – 1:30
  • Branford House, September 25, 12:15 – 1:30

Our Options, Our Actions Brown Bag Discussions

A series of campus brown-bag discussions held throughout the year.

  • Officer Justin Cheney is offering team-building workshops throughout the semester. The workshops will be held in ACD207, 12:15 – 1:15, on the following dates: Sept. 4, Sept. 18, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Oct. 30, Nov. 13, and Nov. 27. Come for one or all! Contact Officer Cheney for details.
  • Patti Brown is hosting Robert Perry, a civil rights activist affiliated with the UN, lawyer, and meditator, to discuss “Meditation: Where Change Begins: The Use of Contemplative Practices to Create a Fairer and More Just World” on Tuesday, November 19th, 11:00 am in ACD 303. Contact Patti Brown for details.
  • Patti Brown also offered a yoga and meditation session, “Finding Calm in the Chaos,” for students early in the semester and again for faculty in early December dates TBD). Contact Patti Brown for details.
  • The Academic Center, Mental Health Resource Center and Student Activities teamed up to offer an Art Therapy session in the Academic Center.
  • Heidi Dierssen, Glenn Gordinier, and Kate Richards plan to offer additional sessions; keep an eye out for more!

Please contact Laurie Wolfley (laurie.wolfley@uconn.edu) if you have questions about this schedule or would like to offer a brown-bag session.