Weekly IA News Digest: The White House at SU, Conferences, Town Halls, and More

By Jamie Haft, IA Communications Manager

Tune in tonight! The “White House Young America Series: Live from Syracuse University” will be live-streamed this evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern at http://www.syr.edu/whitehouse, with virtual exchange via Twitter at #WHatSU. The event will feature several of Imagining America’s regional publicly engaged graduate students, as well as many other young people in Central New York who will share stories, ideas, and spoken word performances about civic engagement. IA and SU will also announce a pilot video contest for students in this region.

IA conference proposals are due this Monday, April 23! Please submit on IA’s website. Also, we recently announced the PAGE Fellowship; applications are due June 1.

IA at Vanderbilt Reflection: Graduate student G. Cory Duclos wrote this blog post about Friday’s panel featuring Jan Cohen-Cruz, Bill Ivey, and Teresa Mangum.

IA at AERA: Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Timothy Eatman, Susan Sturm, and Kal Alston spoke this past Monday at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting in Vancouver on “Scholarship in Action for a New Generation.” Their remarks included a discussion of IA’s and the Center for Institutional and Social Change’s Linking Full Participation action-research project, as well as the American Commonwealth Partnership.

Town Halls at LIU & VT: IA-member campuses are collaborating with Sojourn Theater and The TEAM to host local civic dialogues as part of Town Hall Nation. Long Island University will host a dialogue on student debt in the humanities this Thursday, April 19, at 3:15 p.m. (contact Deborah Mutnick). Virginia Tech will perform a play-in-process, Whether System, April 23-25 (contact Bob Leonard).

Central New York PAGE this Friday: At Syracuse University all-day Friday, April 20, we will host the 5th annual CNY PAGE conference. Follow the Twitter exchange at #CNYPAGE.


Engaging in Public Scholarship — A Roundtable Discussion with Imagining America

By G. Cory Duclos, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University. This post originally appeared on the HASTAC blog on April 17, 2012. [LINK]

This past Friday, the Vanderbilt Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities hosted a roundtable discussion about Imagining America, an organization that promotes engaged, public scholarship. Imagining America provides resources for scholars around the country to gather and find others with a similar dedication for connecting the creation of knowledge inside a university with a larger, public community. (more…)


Weekly Digest of IA News: Apply for the PAGE Fellowship, White House Event Next Week, and More

By Jamie Haft, Imagining America Communications Manager

2012-2013 Call for PAGE Fellows: Imagining America invites graduate students with a demonstrated interest in public scholarship and/or artistic practice to apply to join this year’s PAGE Summit and Working Group. Awardees receive $500 to attend a half-day Fellows Summit on Oct. 4 and the IA National Conference, Oct. 5-7, both in New York City. Fellows also commit to co-create and participate in a yearlong working group to promote collaborative art-making, teaching, writing, and research. Deadline is June 1. [Link]

White House Young America Series Next Week: On Wednesday, April 18, from 6-9 p.m. Eastern, Syracuse University will host 300 high school and college students from Central New York on the topic of civic engagement. Students will share stories from their experiences addressing real-world problems in their communities. Affiliated with the White House Office of Public Engagement and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Communications and Outreach, IA and its local Publicly Active Graduate Education chapter are helping to organize the event. Watch live on the web and engage via Twitter, #WHatSU. [Link]

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Steering Committee: IA joins 12 other national organizations to coordinate and expand the impact of civic learning initiatives around the country. (more…)


Looking To Collaborate on IA Conference Proposals Related to Integrated Assessment

Members of IA’s Integrated Assessment/APPS research group are interested in collaborating with those proposing IA conference sessions that would be enhanced by their perspectives and approaches to assessment.

For the past three years, the Integrated Assessment research group (also known as APPS, Assessing the Practice of Public Scholarship) has been investigating and elaborating integrated, collaborative approaches to assessment that emphasize community impact, involve community stakeholders, and invite evaluation of higher education and granting agencies’ institutional practices, contributions, and outcomes in relation to mutually defined goals.

APPS members have shared project findings and questions in sessions dedicated to discussion of assessment approaches at recent IA national conferences.  At this stage of our development, we may contribute more usefully and effectively by working with other members to provide perspectives on assessment in relation to their projects.

If you are proposing an IA conference session that would be enhanced by APPS participation, please send a brief email outlining your plans for an IA conference session, together with a brief statement about the role(s) APPS might play in your plans to Miriam Bartha (mbartha@uw.edu). Early mails that allow adequate time for correspondence appreciated.