Author Tina Rosenberg speaks at Community Service Learning Conference

6th annual conference explores ways to promote healthy change in the community

Tina Rosenberg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and MacArthur Fellow, gives the keynote address at the 6th annual Community Service Learning (CSL) Conference: “The Power of the Peer Group: Promoting Healthy Behavior Change in the Community.”

Rosenberg’s book, “Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World,” is the 2013 One Community/One Book selection of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The book describes how positive peer pressure can become a “social cure,” changing behavior and solving some of the world’s most intractable problems.

The CSL Conference is hosted by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Office for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, both at the UT Health Science Center.

WHEN: Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hurd Auditorium, School of Nursing, UT Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio.

In addition to “Join the Club,” Tina Rosenberg wrote two previous books: “Children of Cain” and the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Haunted Land.” She writes “Fixes,” an online column on solutions to social problems, at The New York Times. She received a MacArthur Fellowship at age 27.

Individual CSL projects by students will be highlighted at the conference, both in poster presentations and break-out sessions.

In early March, due to efforts like those highlighted at the conference, the UT Health Science Center was admitted to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The distinction from the Corporation for National and Community Service highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems while putting students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

One Community/One Book 2013 is a project of the UT Health Science Center Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. A kickoff event was held Nov. 30, 2012, and book discussions spanned the last couple months leading up to Rosenberg’s visit.

One Community/One Book 2013 is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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