Mount A students, experts discuss issues around worldwide water shortage during the Mansbridge Summit

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Public panel discussion set for Friday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. in Brunton Auditorium

Mount Allison is set to host the second annual Mansbridge Summit, named after the university’s chancellor, Peter Mansbridge, later this week. PHOTO SUBMITTED

SACKVILLE, NB — On Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, Mount Allison University will host the second annual Mansbridge Summit. This day-long event, the result of a generous gift from the John E. Irving family, will see Mount Allison students, faculty, and leading Canadian experts come together on campus with University Chancellor Peter Mansbridge to discuss issues that are vital to Canada’s future. This year’s event will examine Canada’s ethical role in the face of a worldwide water shortage.

“I am pleased to be working closely with Mount Allison students on this year’s Summit,” says chancellor Peter Mansbridge. “Our challenge is a classic communications one: how to present a situation in a way that informs the audience and helps them to think critically and form their own opinions.”

Students will be working in groups to produce panel briefings for Chancellor Mansbridge, giving them a unique experience to Mount Allison. This includes analyzing the world water shortage, taking a stance on what Canada’s role should be, and providing arguments to go along with this stance, as well as questions that the Chancellor can use to probe the panelists. 

The panel briefings will be used by the Chancellor to moderate a public panel discussion at the end of the day with experts, including Bonita Croft (Trican Well Service Ltd.); Dr. Jeremy Schmidt (Harvard University); and Tony Maas (writer/advocate for health of Canada’s waters). Students will also have the opportunity to work with CBC producer Leslie Stojsic who works on such programs as Mansbridge One-on-One, The Insiders, and At Issue as they prepare for the panel discussion.

Everyone is welcome to attend the panel discussion, taking place in Brunton Auditorium, Marjorie Young Bell Music Conservatory, January 17 at 7 p.m.

“The theme of the Summit is based on Mount Allison’s Year of Global Engagement,” says Kelsey Eatmon, Mansbridge Summit intern and biology and sociology student. “This will involve the consideration of many aspects, including business, health/development, as well as environment and ecology.”

For more information on the 2014 Mansbridge Summit at Mount Allison University visit www.mta.ca/summit or follow on @MtASummit on Twitter.

 

Organizations: Mount Allison University, Trican Well Service Ltd., Harvard University CBC

Geographic location: Canada, Brunton Auditorium

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