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Alumni Relations Launches Successful Webinar Series

The Arts & Sciences Alumni Relations Office launched a new alumni Webinar series earlier this month, with 45 alumni from 17 states and five foreign countries participating. The guest speaker was Professor Adil Najam, director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with other scholars and Al Gore. He discussed “Future Trends in Climate, Development, and Security.”

After an introduction from Dean Sapiro, Professor Najam discussed critical issues involving climate change as attendees listened by phone and watched his presentation from computers.  After concluding his formal remarks, Najam participated in a live Q&A session with participants. The program was planned from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, to allow participation from alumni from outside the region.

Aiming to extend the BU learning community to alumni and highlight the breadth of teaching and research in Arts & Sciences, the Alumni Relations Office plans a series of Webinars with Adobe Connect, a University-licensed conference tool. With 50,000 of the worldwide 75,000 Arts & Sciences alumni living outside the Iinterstate 495 area, these Webinars have the potential to maximize the University’s engagement with its alumni, according to Arts & Sciences Associate Director of Alumni Relations Roger Fussa.

The Arts & Sciences Alumni Relations Office has partnered with the Office of Telecommunications on this initiative, which is part of the Office of Telecommunications’ larger plan to make Adobe Connect Webinar technology broadly available at Boston University for various purposes. Faculty who are interested in presenting a Webinar to alumni or seeing a demonstration of the tool should contact Roger at rfussa@bu.edu or 617-358-3467.