This interdisciplinary virtual conference on learning resilience and autonomy brings together three unique panels and two keynotes to explore the application of innovative, research-based teaching principles affecting students, instructors, and the educational institution. Featured speakers are Marla Perez Lugo (“Resilience Learning: Reflections on Academia's Responses to Extreme Operating Environments”) and Flower Darby (“Emotional Presence in Online Teaching for Increased Student Engagement, Persistence, and Success”). Speakers and panelists explore ways to address student accessibility and social justice needs as they face adversity and the challenges of becoming global digital citizens.

This free, virtual conference is organized by the Humanities Center's Collaborative Research Cluster themed “Resilience and Autonomy – Pedagogical Multi-literacies in a Globalizing World.” Registration is required. ASL interpreting services have been requested for this event. If you have any questions or technical issues related to joining this meeting, please reach out to

Keynote Speakers

Flower Darby

Educator, Author, & Speaker

Marla Perez-Lugo

EnvironmentalSociologist, Professor

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This conference is the result of interdisciplinary work completed by faculty and staff of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH), D'Amore-McKim School of Business, and the College of Professional Studies. Funding provided by the CSSH Humanities Center. Additional support provided by the Global Resilience Institute and the Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning Through Research.

External participants (i.e., outside of Northeastern University) are also invited to attend.