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2017-18 PAGE Fellows Selected, Blog Salon Announced

By Imagining America | September 08, 2017

Imagining America (IA) welcomes a new cohort of ten graduate students with a demonstrated commitment to publicly engaged scholarship and the cultural disciplines to the Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) fellows program. The PAGE fellows begin their engagement by producing a blog salon around critical issues of social change and engaged scholarship, September 11-15, 2017.

Each year, PAGE fellows receive support from IA to attend the annual national conference where they represent an important graduate student presence. At the 2017 conference in Davis, California, fellows will hold a pre-conference summit on Wednesday, Oct. 11 and facilitate a session that will allow all conference attendees to hear PAGE fellows deliver brief talks on their publicly engaged scholarship.

Throughout their fellowship year, PAGE fellows continue to collaborate on art-making, teaching, writing, and research projects that align with IA’s mission.

PAGE Fellows:
Araceli Calderón, Ph.D. in student Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California – Irvine
Naomi Extra, Ph.D. student in American studies at Rutgers University – Newark
Simeneh Betreyohannes Gebremariam, Ph.D. student in anthropology/AfroAmerican and African studies/performance studies at the University of Michigan
Eric Goldfischer, Ph.D. student in geography, environment and society at the University of Minnesota
Gale Greenlee, Ph.D. student in English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Yesenia Navarrete Hunter, Ph.D. in history at the University of Southern California
Frances Lee, M.A. student in cultural studies – interdisciplinary arts and sciences at University of Washington – Bothell
Lauren O’Brien, Ph.D. student in American studies at Rutgers University – Newark
Jashodhara Sen, Ph.D. in theatre and performance studies at the University of Colorado – Boulder
Jay Simple, M.F.A. student in photography at Rhode Island School of Design

PAGE is a peer network organized not by an individual director, but instead by a rotating cohort of PAGE alumni who share responsibility for mentoring and designing support structures for each new cohort of fellows.

PAGE Co-directors:
Winoka Begay, Ph.D. student language, literacy, and sociocultural studies at the University of New Mexico
Kira Pasquesi, Ph.D. student in higher education and student affairs, University of Iowa
Kush Patel, Ph.D. in architecture, University of Michigan
Angela Duran Real, Ph.D. student in Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Washington
Diane Romo, M.S. cultural foundations of education at Syracuse University

About IA’s National PAGE Program
Created in 2003, the PAGE program is distinctive in that its agenda is set, almost exclusively, by graduate students. Present strategies to advance the PAGE program include developing a theoretical framework for publicly engaged graduate education; creating opportunities for mentorship and collaboration, both with peers and with advanced scholars; and researching and promoting professionalization and career pathways for engaged students.