National Conference

At the Crossroads

16th Annual National Conference
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 6 – 8, 2016
Pre-conference, October 5

Hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The members of Imagining America advance a vision of the world in which publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, students and culture workers play critical roles in enacting the promise and ideals of a democratic society. Together, we explore the power of shared identity — of understanding who we are and what we stand for, and therefore, what we are called to do.

The energizing metaphor of the 2016 conference is “the crossroads,” the point where crucial decisions must be made, ones that will have far-reaching consequences. We seek creative and incisive proposals that will help advance our collective understanding of the challenges we face, the (real or imagined) paths before us, and the implications inherent to our choices and actions.

Call for Participation

16th Annual National Imagining America Conference

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 6 – 8, 2016
Pre-conference, October 5

Hosted by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Registration opens June 15.

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Discover sessions, workshops, seminars, and performances that facilitate public scholarship and creative practice. The conference enables people to build and sustain relationships that link stories, fulfill the democratic purposes of higher education, and address collective challenges.

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Submissions

2016 Call for Participation: At the Crossroads

Together, we explore the power of shared identity — of understanding who we are and what we stand for, and therefore, what we are called to do. Imagining America’s annual conference is a space where members of the national consortium and their partners come together to learn from one another about how the bold power of the arts, humanities, and design is being leveraged around the country to expand understanding of, and confront, the most pressing challenges of our time. This year, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we place our conference sessions themselves at the crossroads – integrating our community and campus-based, local, regional and national expertise into workshops that engage active, local initiatives.

Call For Participation

Proposals will be accepted online beginning March 1 until April 4, 2016. Proposed sessions should be as interactive as possible, and provide opportunities for sharing and co-creating practical and theoretical frameworks that guide our understanding of engaged art, scholarship, and design.

  • Pecha Kucha
  • Performance & Dialogue
  • Roundtable
  • Workshop
  • Media Session
  • Poster
Session Formats Submit A Proposal

Summer Institute

4th Annual Imagining America Summer Institute on Organizing

Dates TBD
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hosted by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Each summer, Imagining America invites scholars, artists, and citizens with a stake in the democratic future of higher education to participate in our cultural organizing institutes. Participants explore the theories and practices of broad-based and cultural organizing, and develop creative strategies for realizing the civic purposes of higher education.

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