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August at the First Unitarian Church in New Bedford

Summer Lyceum Series 2015 *SUNDAYS AT 11*

Everyone is Welcome

Aug 16-Mary Rapoza- “Social Equity and Public Spaces”

Essential to the very philosophy of public parks and recreation is the idea that all people have access to safe, beautiful spaces for recreation and programs.  Public spaces build communities, enhances quality of life and promotes co-existence.

Mary Rapoza is Director of Parks Recreation and Beaches for the City of New Bedford. She has been interested in public spaces as places where communities meet and recreate and nature is conserved and celebrated.

Aug 23- Adam Sulkowski- “Economic Justice”

As a professor of business law and sustainable development at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Adam Sulkowski specializes in research and teaching in the fields of sustainable business, corporate social responsibility (CSR), triple bottom line reporting (also known as sustainability reporting), integrated reporting, and corporate and environmental law.  He received his JD and MBA from Boston College and BA from the College of William & Mary, is a member of the New York Bar and Massachusetts Bar and was a manager for several years before becoming a full-time professor in the fall of 2005.  He has authored over 25 published works of scholarship and his research has been cited by MSN, The Times of India, Inc. magazine, and Science Daily. He has visited, researched, taught, and spoken at campuses, companies, and conferences in countries around the world, including Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Turkey, and the United States.

Aug. 30- Joe Lopes- “A Conversation with Councilor Joe Lopes”

Councilor Lopes has over ten years of commercial banking experience, and currently works as a Commercial Loan Officer with the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation. He is actively involved in the Greater New Bedford community, and was elected to serve to two term as President of the Board for the Whaling History Alliance, Member of the Save the ORPH Theater, SouthCoast Hospital Business Alliance, Board Member of the Greater New Bedford United Way, Ward Six Democratic Committee, as well as being active in several local community and ethnic groups.