In the month of October, CPLA participated in two separate guest speaker panels for Emerson community. Both events had excellent attendance and CPLA was glad to be apart of the dialogue of civic engagement on Emerson’s campus.
The first speaker was Binka Le Breton, award-winning author and human rights activist. The event (which was co-sponsored with the Office of Service Learning and EPSJ) covered Le Breton’s work in Brazil on the Iracambi Rainforest Research Center, which focuses on conservation, sustainability and human rights. Her most recent non-fiction work, Where the Road Ends (2010), reviewed favorably by the The New York Times, details how she and her husband founded the center in 1989. She now writes, broadcasts and lectures internationally on rainforest and human rights topics.
Our second speaker was Tristram Perry, a career diplomat and has served at posts in Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Washington DC. Tristram shared his personal and professional experiences with students and provided valuable advice for students interested in working abroad or in international relations. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State, he worked in public relations for several years in Boston, including as the director of Public Relations for the Boston Conservatory. He was educated at Tufts and Oxford University, and speaks Russian, German and Indonesian.
Both speakers were well-received by the Emerson community and CPLA looks forward to hosting them again in the future!