Senator Bob Graham, former CNN foreign correspondent among guests joining faculty for Lynn’s 2012 January Term

Youth leaders from the green movement and professor Robert Watson also on the Citizenship Project Speaker Series roster

Published Dec. 14, 2011

Lynn University’s inaugural Citizenship Project: Commitment to Community, a new initiative that coincides with the university’s fourth annual January Term (J-Term), is focused on civic issues in our South Florida community. The Citizenship Project Speaker Series is bringing renowned speakers to campus to tell Lynn students about achieving positive change in our community, how one person can make a difference and how young people can be involved in the international green movement.

Citizenship Project Speaker Series

Senator Bob Graham, Jan. 4

America: The Owner’s Manual, achieving positive change in our community

On Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 1 p.m., Graham – who committed 38 years to public service prior to his retirement in 2005 – will address the Lynn community in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on campus. His years in public service include two terms as governor of Florida, 18 years in the United States Senate and 12 years in the Florida legislature.

His presentation, “America: The Owner’s Manual, achieving positive change in our community,” is based on his 2009 book, America: The Owner’s Manual. The goal of the book is to provide ordinary people with the means and motivation to go out and influence decision makers in order to achieve positive change in their neighborhoods, communities, state and nation.

Robert Watson and student panel, Jan. 10

Can one person make a difference?

On Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m., Watson, a professor of American Studies in Lynn’s College of Liberal Education and community activist, is speaking on a panel with two Lynn students, Erik Jan Van Bilderbeek and Haley Mariano, in the Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall.

The panel, “Can one person make a difference?,” will address social movements and how it only takes one idea and one person to start a movement that will make a difference.

Our Green Future Panel featuring youth leaders, Jan. 18

How can you be a part of the green movement?

On Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m., Erika Fernandez, a student from Stanford University; Jessica Rimington, founder of the One World Youth Project; and Alexander Epstein, co-founder of the New York 2 New Orleans Coalition; will address the Lynn community in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center.

The “Our Green Future Panel” will address environmental challenges and the climate crisis that have become defining issues of the Millennial generation (born between 1978 and 2000). This panel will inform Lynn students about the challenges in an attempt to inspire and empower them to make a difference.

the history of American correspondents in China

Mike Chinoy, currently a Senior Fellow at the U.S. - China Institute at the University of Southern California, and previously a longtime foreign correspondent for CNN, including eight years at the network’s first Beijing bureau chief, will be the executive-in-residence at Lynn this J-Term (Jan. 4 – 20). He will co-teach “The Role of the Media and Business in the Development of China” with Lynn professor in the College of Business and Management, Eldon Bernstein.

The class will analyze developments in China over the last 60 years, partly through Chinoy’s own experiences as a foreign correspondent and partly through his upcoming documentary film. “Assignment: China,” a multi-part series, tells the story of American correspondents in China from the 1940s to the present day. The documentary features rare footage, some never made public before, and interviews with prominent U.S. journalists who have covered China over the years. Among them – Seymour Topping of the New York Times, Stanley Karnow of the Washington Post, Dan Rather of CBS, Ted Koppel of ABC and Barbara Walters of NBC.

Chinoy's presentations are free and open to the public:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 1 p.m.: the United States reporters who covered the Chinese civil war of the 1940s
  • Friday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m.: “China-Watching” – how American journalists, barred from communist China, struggled for more than two decades to make sense of the country from listening posts like Hong Kong
  • Monday, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m.: “The Week that Changed the World” - the United States media and the historic China trip of former president Nixon in 1972
  • Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 2:30 p.m.: the behind-the-scenes story of the first generation of American reporters who were allowed to open news bureaus in Beijing after the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States
  • Friday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m.: The media and the Tiananmen square crisis of 1989

Chinoy's presentations will take place in the Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall.