Upcoming Events

 October 9-11, 2014

Atlanta, Georgia

The 2014 Imagining America conference, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, October 9–11, is animated by three keywords: Organizing. Culture. Change. These keywords represent concentrations of energy and activity across higher education and within the IA consortium—contested terrains that demand critical discourse and analysis. We invite and challenge Imagining America consortium members, and their institutional and community partners, to sharpen our collective understanding of the nature and promise of organizing culture change; to provoke conversation and debate around the many meanings of these keywords; to explore the distinctive contributions that methodologies, concepts, theories, and knowledge from arts, humanities, and design fields make to the work of organizing culture change; and to illuminate how organizing culture change can transform higher education’s role in the work of democracy.

Culture change is already a reality, both within higher education and beyond. It is partly the result of powerful and complex global forces that are restructuring our institutions and reshaping how we live our lives, for better and for worse. Our conference theme is an invitation to engage but also move beyond the work of analyzing and criticizing the kind of culture change that global forces are producing. Through careful and critical exploration of work that is already underway in our consortium, our central purpose is to advance our collective capacity to organize positive culture change in ways that align with IA’s commitment to cross-sectoral engagement and mutually beneficial partnerships. To this end, we seek proposals that will offer opportunities for conference attendees to take up one or more of the following key questions:

  • What forces for culture change are already underway in and beyond higher education? In what ways and to what extent are they products of intentional organizing?
  • What specific approaches to organizing are IA members using (such as action-research, cultural organizing, popular education, broad-based community organizing)?
  • Using the public narrative framework developed by Marshall Ganz, what is “story of us,” and “story of now” emerging within IA and among its members? How can these stories be used to ground, focus, and inspire effective organizing?
  • What practices, strategies, and tactics will inspire and support the work of organizing culture change in ways that help us close the gap between our own best judgments of “the world as it is” and “the world as it should be”?



PAGE is accepting applications for 2014-2015 Fellows!

 PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) is Imagining America's network for publicly engaged graduate students in humanities, arts, and design. PAGE enhances the theoretical and practical tools for public engagement, fosters a national, interdisciplinary community of peers and veteran scholars, and creates opportunities for collaborative knowledge production. The PAGE consortium, made up of alumni and allies of the program, promotes opportunities for mentorship and peer support from IA's network. 

Imagining America (IA) invites graduate students with a demonstrated interest in public scholarship and/or artistic practice to apply for a 2014-2015 PAGE Fellowship. Awardees receive $500 to attend a half-day Fellows Summit on October 8th and the 2014 Imagining America national conference, October 9th-11th in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Fellows also commit to participating in a yearlong working group to promote collaborative art-making, teaching, writing, and research projects. PAGE alumni and Fellows will work together to organize monthly conference calls around themes and questions relevant to the needs of publicly engaged graduate students. In doing so, PAGE looks to foster a cohort of Fellows interested in pursuing collective and innovative scholarly practices. Fellows are asked to be active participants in the Imagining America network through posting on the IA blog, presenting at regional meetings or campus workshops, or other related professional convenings. Additionally, each Fellow will be tasked with co-facilitating a webinar or workshop during the 2014-2015 academic year. Past examples include: book group discussions, virtual dinner parties, guest lectures, skill-building demonstrations, and music performances.

Learn more about PAGE from its 10th Anniversary Retrospective Video: 
10 Years of PAGE: Reflections on Publicly Active Graduate Education
10 Years of PAGE: Reflections on Publicly Active Graduate Education
Graduate students from IA member campuses at all stages of their
MA/MFA/PhD programs may apply to be PAGE Fellows. 
The submission deadline is May 16th.
For more information and to apply, click here.
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