Event Details


Return to the Classroom
1 afternoon, a lifetime of learning

April 28, 2018 | 2:00 – 6:30 p.m. | Waltham, MA

How many times have you wished to be a student again?  Well, now you can!  Return to the classroom on Saturday, April 28 where, for an afternoon you will engage in thought provoking presentations and discussions with Cornell faculty, without traveling to Ithaca.  Cornell faculty bring the classroom to you through lectures inspired by current courses and research conducted on campus. Spend your Saturday learning about innovative research and ideas, and reconnecting with other Cornellians!

Professor Gerald Torres, Jane M.G. Foster Professor of Law, Cornell Law School will focus on “The Examination of our Relationship with our Democracy”. How do we make participation mean more than voting? Does democracy depend on an engaged citizenry? Should we abandon districts in favor of other ways to choose representatives in order to do away with the scourge of gerrymandering?

Professor Christopher Wildeman, Professor of Policy Analysis and Management and Sociology in the College of Human Ecology, the Director of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research will discuss “Child Welfare and Variations in the Foster Care System”.

Event Details:
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: The Conference Center at Waltham Woods
860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02452
Price: $30 General Admission | $20 Young Alumni (0 – 10 years out)
Your ticket includes access to the program, appetizers, soft drinks, coffee, and tea.
Parking: Free parking available on site.


2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Check-In and reception
2:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Welcome
2:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. Lecture 1 + Q&A
3:40 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Break
3:50 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Lecture 2 + Q&A
4:50 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Additional mingling time; event concludes

About The Speakers

Gerald Torres

Gerald Torres is a leading figure in critical race theory, environmental law and federal Indian Law. He previously served as the Bryant Smith Chair in Law at the University of Texas School of Law and taught at The University of Minnesota Law School, where he served as Associate Dean. He is also a former president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). Torres has served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and as counsel to then U.S. attorney general Janet Reno.

Torres has served on the board of the Environmental Law Institute, the National Petroleum Council and on EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. He is currently Vice Chair of Earth Day Network and Board Chair of the Advancement Project as well as serving on the Board of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Texas League of Conservation Voters. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute. Torres was honored with the 2004 Legal Service Award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) for his work to advance the legal rights of Latinos.

He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Stanford and Yale law schools.

Christopher Wildeman

Christopher Wildeman is a Professor of Policy Analysis and Management (PAM) and Sociology (by courtesy) in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, where he is also co-director of the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) and director of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR). Since 2015, he has also been a Senior Researcher at the Rockwool Foundation Research Unit in Copehagen, Denmark.
Prior to joining Cornell’s faculty in 2014, Christopher was an Associate Professor of Sociology. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from Princeton University in 2008. From 2008-2010, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar and postdoctoral affiliate in the Population Studies Center (PSC) at the University of Michigan.

His research and teaching interests revolve around the consequences of mass imprisonment for inequality, with emphasis on families, health, and children. He is also interested in child welfare, especially as relates to child maltreatment and the foster care system. He is the 2013 recipient of the Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology.