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Dr. John Allen to speak on community development at UMFK

March 8, 2010




The University of Maine at Fort Kent Environmental Studies Speaker Series welcomes Dr. John C. Allen, professor and associate dean at Utah State University, on Friday, March 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room. The presentation is free and open to the public.  

Dr. Allen will share his concept of community development. Historically, rural community development was need based. That is, it focused on the deficits within the community. These traditional development processes generally failed to mobilize local citizens.  
His work draws upon an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) model. In the ABCD model local assets are identified and re-organized by local citizens who then carry out local development activities. The model provides a structure to motivate and mobilize local citizens in development activities. He will present examples from the U.S., South America and China. Many of his examples include sustainable agriculture, tourism, and small home-based businesses.
Dr. Allen currently is a professor of Sociology and associate dean in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Utah State University. Dr. Allen received his Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University in 1989. He has worked as a farmer/rancher, journalist, marketing researcher, professor, and university administrator. Dr. Allen also has worked with rural communities from Maine to Washington State in the U.S. and internationally in Canada, Mexico, South America and Australia.
He has published more than 120 manuscripts including peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports, book chapters, and books, all of which focus on rural people and places.  His work focuses on areas that include: community sociology, primarily entrepreneurship, and environmental sociology, which examine how rural communities respond to externally-induced environmental change and green entrepreneurship, which may play an important role in the future of rural economies.
The Environmental Studies Speaker Series at UMFK regularly brings speakers to campus. These presentations are open to the public and cover such topics as water quality, waste management, wind power, endangered species, forestry and marine science. The program is offered in collaboration with the UMFK Environmental Studies degree program. Speakers are only scheduled during the academic year.             

For more information on the Environmental Studies Speaker Series, contact Steve Selva at (207) 834-7617.