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Coming to campus

- September 19, 2005

Coming to Campus is a section announcing visiting speakers of note.

Those who wish to submit items for this section should send a brief description (maximum 300 words) of the event, including the date, time, and place, and giving the name, title, outstanding accomplishments and, if available, a color photo of the speaker to: Visiting Speaker, Advance, 1266 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06269-4144 or by e-mail: advance@uconn.edu, with Visiting Speaker in the subject line.

The information must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, a minimum of two weeks prior to the event.

Publication will depend on space available, and preference will be given to events of interest to a cross-section of the University community.

Gail Collins, New York Times editorial page editor and author of America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines, will discuss “America’s Women” on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre.

From the women peering anxiously over the side of the Mayflower to feminists having a grand old time protesting beauty pageants and bridal fairs, Collins tells the story of how women shaped the nation and our vision of what it means to be female in America. Her talk will be followed by a discussion and book signing.

Collins became editorial page editor of The New York Times in 2001. She has also been a columnist for the Times, and a member of the editorial board, a columnist at Newsday and The New York Daily News, and a reporter for United Press International.

In the 1970s, she founded the Connecticut State News Bureau, which provided coverage of the state capitol and Connecticut politics. When she sold it in 1977, the CSNB was the largest news service of its kind in the country.

Andrea Leskes, the keynote speaker for General Education Month, will discuss “General Education: Shifting the Paradigm from Teaching to Learning” on Thursday, Sept. 22, at noon, in Konover Auditorium.

Leskes is vice president for education and quality initiatives at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She is the principal author of the influential report Greater Expectations: A New Vision for Learning as a Nation Goes to College. She also directs the AAC&U’s annual Institute on General Education, and has organized conferences on educational innovation and faculty development.

Don McCabe, a professor of management and global business at Rutgers University, will speak on plagiarism and academic integrity on Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. in Konover Auditorium. His talk is part of General Education Month.

McCabe has conducted extensive research on college cheating – surveying more than 100,000 students at more than 140 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. He also has surveyed more than 18,000 high school students.

His research has shown that on most campuses, levels of cheating and plagiarism remain high, and that academic honor codes reduce cheating.

McCabe is a founding member of the Center for Academic Integrity based at Duke University, a consortium of more than 350 colleges and universities joined in an effort to promote academic integrity among college and university students.

He previously worked for more than 20 years in the corporate world.

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