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To Whom Much Is Given

2007 Conference on Service Learning in Higher Education




On September 27 and 28, 2007, representatives from 22 campuses across the state gathered in Tuscaloosa for "To Whom Much Is Given," the first-ever statewide conference on service learning in higher education. The conference brought together professors, administrators, students, and community partners from across Alabama with the goal of establishing a network of best practices in facing issues of poverty in Alabama.  The conference was sponsored by the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama, the Alabama Poverty Project, Impact Alabama, and the UAB Center for Urban Affairhe UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility, the Alabama Poverty Project, Impact: An Alabama Student Service Initiative, and the UAB Center for Urban Affairs.


The conference began Thursday night with To Render A Life: The Creating and Sharing of Vivid Personal Narratives, a special dinner program highlighting service learning courses and campus initiatives in which students learn to portray the personal stories of people living in communities of need. Events on Friday included two keynote addresses from nationally renowned service learning scholars, including Marybeth Lima (Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Louisiana State University) on Developing a Culture of Service Learning on Campus, and KerryAnn O’Meara (Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Maryland College Park) entitled Why Service Learning? Why Now? Reflections on the Power of Service Learning in Faculty Work. Friday also featured four breakout session blocks, offering conference-goers 35 workshops and panel discussions on a diversity of topics related to service learning and poverty, and featuring 75 presenters from across the state.  All events were held at the Bryant Conference Center and the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, on the campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


For more information on To Whom Much Is Given, including a schedule, speaker bios, and session descriptions, download the full conference program. You can also find additional details from the 2007 event on the following pages:

Call for Presenters

Registration and Pricing

Conference Schedule

Conference Location and Directions


About the Sponsors