2013 National Conference

2013 Imagining America National Conference
October 4–6, 2013
Syracuse, New York

A Call to Action

Hosted by Syracuse University with Colleges and Community Organizations in the Region


Here are some of this year’s conference highlights: 

  • The 2013 keynote address will be jointly delivered on the morning of Friday, October 4, by Syracuse University President and Chancellor Nancy Cantor, and by Chief Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Council of Chiefs of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.
  • series of themed pathways that participants can choose to follow in whole or in part. These pathways are intended to create conversations spanning the arc of the conference, rather than a series of discrete, tangentially related presentations. The pathways include:
    • Linking Full Participation: Access and Equity in Higher Education
    • Integrated Assessment
    • The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign
    • K-12/Youth Education
    • Engaged Undergraduate Education
    • The Nation Inside: Higher Education and the Prison-Industrial Complex
    • Advancing Partnerships: Public Humanities Centers and State Humanities Councils
    • Food Justice/Food Sovereignty
    • Art and the Environment
    • Design and  Democracy
    • Dialogue and Story for Organizing
    • Arts/Humanities/Design Perspectives on Revitalization
  • Extended Friday afternoon sessions in and around Syracuse at sites that Chancellor Nancy Cantor describes as “third spaces” – open and free spaces where democracy happens. Many of these sites will frame the questions and conversations that will infuse the various themed pathways.
  • Friday evening plenary reception and performance by IA’s local community-arts ensemble, The D.R.E.A.M. Freedom Revival, with a special guest appearance by Dr. Barbara Ransby.
  • Saturday evening performances of Roadside Theater’s Thousand Kites, featuring local residents affected by the criminal justice system.
  • Saturday evening performance by Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, sponsored by SU ArtsEngage.
  • Art Party and Exhibition at one of Syracuse’s premier “third spaces,” 601 Tully.
  • Session-by-session virtual documentation and real-time synthesis will feed into our daily plenary sessions, where all attendees will be invited – in small and large groups, and through various modalities – to reflect on emergent themes and tensions.
  • Several workshops, providing opportunities to gain knowledge and skills in areas such as applied and educational theater techniques, singing for movement building, storytelling and dialogue facilitation, and technology and social media.
  • Special topic sessions taking place during lunch on Saturday and Sunday, focusing on topics such as  “Social Scientists in IA,” and “Community Colleges in IA.” Several pathway-related documentaries will also be screened at this time.

The full program has been posted here. For more information, please feel free to be in touch. We are eager to include you and your perspectives in our conversations about the transformation of higher education, and we look forward to seeing you in the fall!