October 20: At CTS … Indianapolis as a Super City—What do newcomers think?

It takes a real vision of place and of future to leave a good job and move family across state (or country) lines to a new city. Recently, Matthew Myer Boulton left Harvard to become the president of Christian Theological Seminary. He will lead a conversation that encourages other newcomers to share their impressions and ideas of Indianapolis as Super City, and lead all participants in a discussion about their hopes and fresh ideas for our city. President Boulton will be joined by Indy newcomers Emeline Degrandi and Matt MacGregor. MacGregor came to Indy via Vietnam to become the director of Timmy Global Health. Degrandi, originally from France, brings her experience in international affairs and law to our city and joins husband MacGregor in Indy.

When: Thursday, October 20, 7-9 pm
Where: Christian Theological Seminary | 1000 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Matthew Myer Boulton became the president of Christian Theological Seminary in July and was most recently Associate Professor of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School. He is very interested in religion and public life, worship and ritual, and the performing arts, including theater, music, and film. He is the author of God Against Religion: Rethinking Christian Theology Through Worship and is co-editor of Doing Justice to Mercy: Religion, Law, and Criminal Justice. His most recent book is Life in God: John Calvin, Practical Formation, and the Future of Protestant Theology. Myer Boulton did his graduate work at Harvard Divinity School and the University of Chicago, and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Originally from Lyon, France, Emeline Degrandi moved to Indianapolis in the spring of 2011 and works at the International School of Indianapolis as a French immersion assistant. Emeline holds her Masters in International Affairs and her Bachelor’s Degree in Public and International Law from the University of Jean Moulin Lyon III. After college, Emeline moved to Manchester, England to learn English. She has worked for a bike-sharing company in France, interned at a public defender’s office in California, worked for the French Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, and consulted for a fair trade company based in New York City. A lover of travel, dark chocolate,
and an excellent chef, Emeline is busy adapting to life in the Midwest while exploring the ins and outs of Indy.

Rhode Island native Matt MacGregor moved to Indianapolis in the spring of 2009 to become Executive Director of the Indianapolis based non-profit Timmy Global Health. He earned a BA in International Affairs and History – all while captaining the ufts Men’s Soccer Team – and a MA in International Affairs from Tufts University. Before coming to Indy, Matt worked alongside the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on economic development projects in Hanoi, consulted on rural development topics for Catholic Relief Services in Guatemala, worked with Planet Tech Associates on sustainable development initiatives in Boston, served as Timmy Global Health’s medical program coordinator in Ecuador, and taught government and history courses at high schools in Boston and Costa Rica. Matt is fluent in Spanish, speaks conversational Vietnamese, and is working on his French.

More than 20 local organizations are presenting a series of community programs exploring the idea of Indy as a Super City as part of the Indy Talks collaboration to foster a sense of community through respectful and creative civic dialogue. Find other programs at www.indytalks.info.

 

 

 

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John Clark, the creator of Provocate, is recognized as one of Central Indiana’s leading experts on international affairs. Until 2005 he was a senior fellow at Hudson Institute and Director of the Center for Central European and Eurasian Studies. In 2005 he helped establish the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, a think tank in Indianapolis. He is the author of more than a hundred books, articles and reports about topics such as the collapse of communism, environmental policy, welfare reform in the United Kingdom, economic development in Central Asia and immigration in Indiana. He teaches in Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The Indianapolis Star has called him “the foremost public intellectual in Indiana” (which he thinks cannot possibly be true). Clark is the only person to receive NUVO’s Cultural Vision Award and commendations from the FBI and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for contributions on counter-terrorism.

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