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Session Overview
Closing Plenary: Information for a Sustainable World: A Call to Action
Thursday, 29/Oct/2020:
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Moderators: Clara M. Chu, Mortenson Distinguished Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2019-20 ASIS&T President); Kendra S. Albright, Goodyear Endowed Professor in Knowledge Management, School of Information, Kent State University, and Bharat Mehra, EBSCO Endowed Chair in Social Justice & Professor, University of Alabama (2020 ASIS&T Annual Meeting Co-Chairs)

Panelists: Africa Chapter, Asia Pacific Chapter, Europe Chapter, South Asia, New England Chapter

  1. Blessing Mawire, International Development Consultant, INTEGRA Consultants, Email: (Africa Chapter)
  2. Jia Tina Du, Associate Professor, STEM, University of South Australia, Email: (Asia Pacific Chapter)
  3. Aylin Ilhan, Institute for Language and Information Science; Department of Information Science, Heinrich-Heine-University, Germany, Email: (Europe Chapter)
  4. Anwarul Islam, University of the Dhaka, Bangladesh, Email: (South Asia Chapter)
  5. Jay Bowling, Harvard University, Email: (New England Chapter)

Session Abstract

In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, ASIS&T issued a Statement on Injustice and Standing with George Floyd, in which we stated that the information science and technology community and our association have a role to play in tackling racism and other forms of injustice. This year we restructured chapters into regions and a new regional chapter was formed, the Africa Chapter.  In the closing plenary, ASIS&T Chapter leaders will describe what their chapter is doing and/or consider critical in its work or in the region in order to move the agenda forward, focused on information for a sustainable world. These experts and regional leaders will share powerful ideas to tackle institutional racism and other grand challenges, and how we can collectively advance sustainable development. The UN Sustainable Development Goals will frame the dialogue. With information and technologies, we can expose injustices and offer solutions to create a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. This is an agenda setting session and a call to action!

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