Education and youth engagement presentation continues faculty lecture series

February 09, 2016

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Penn State Lehigh Valley is hosting diverse speakers this semester as part of its annual Faculty Invitational Lecture Series. All events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

The second lecture, presented by Mark Brennan, is titled "Achieving Education for all through the UNESCO Chair program." The lecture will be held from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Room 302 at Penn State Lehigh Valley, located at 2809 Saucon Valley Road in Center Valley.

Brennan's presentation will focus on the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Chair program at Penn State, which seeks to empower youth through education and engagement to take ownership of their lives, communities and societies. He will discuss the "youth bulge," which is the term describing how the number of youth worldwide is at an all-time high, and how community-based responses to international development needs are increasingly being recognized as essential to successful outcomes.

Brennan will review how the active engagement of young people and their communities is necessary for high-impact capacity building, global security, gender equality, equal access to education for all, and a host of personal and socio-economic development outcomes. If ignored, this setting may likely signal a tipping point where failure to ensure youth engagement jeopardizes stable, civil societies worldwide.  

Brennan is the UNESCO Chair for rural community, leadership and youth development. His is a professor of leadership and community development at Penn State. His teaching, research, writing and program development concentrate on the role of community and leadership development in the youth, community and rural development process. Much of his work has focused on community action, youth development, locally based natural resource management, economic development and social justice. He is co-founder of the Global Network of UNESCO Chairs on Children, Youth and Community. Brennan has more than 20 years of experience designing, conducting and analyzing social science research related to community and rural development. This work has involved extensive comparative research throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia and Central America. Brennan’s research and program development has been funded by a variety of government, foundation and private sources, resulting in more than 120 publications in leading peer-reviewed journals, books and outreach publications, and more than 150 presentations at professional meetings. His recent books include "Theory, Practice, and Community Development" and "Community Leadership Development: A Compendium of Theory, Research, and Application.”

The event is organized and hosted by the Faculty Invitational Lecture Series Committee and is supported by the student activity fee.

  • Head shot of Mark Brennen

    Mark Brennan is the UNESCO Chair for rural community, leadership and youth development. His is a professor of leadership and community development at Penn State.

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Last Updated February 10, 2016