Schedule

The national conference enables people to build and sustain relationships that link stories, fulfill the democratic purposes of higher education, and address collective challenges. Check out our 2016 conference schedule.


Conference at a Glance

Wednesday, October 5

9am – 5pm
IA Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Summit
Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Walker Room

10am – 4pm
Story Circle Pre-Conference Workshop (registration required)
HeartLove Place, 3229 N. Martin Luther King Drive

10am – 2pm
IA Presidents Council Meeting (invitation only)
University Club, 924 E. Wells Street

3pm – 9pm
Imagining America National Advisory Board Meeting (Board Members Only)
Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Mitchell Room

5:30 – 6:30pm
National Advisory Board and PAGE Dinner
Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Wright A

7pm
The Kantian Dinner (registration is now closed)
Café Hollander, 2608 N. Downer Avenue

7:30 – 9pm
Artists NOW! Guest Panel: Community Arts (open to the public)
Arts Center Lecture Hall, Room 120, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

 

Thursday, October 6

Shuttles will transport people from the Hilton Milwaukee City Center to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at 7:45 a.m., 8:00 a.m., and 8:15 a.m. Board the bus at the hotel’s North 6th Street entrance. Please be sure to take one of these shuttles; buses will depart from for site-specific workshops from UW-Milwaukee only.

8 – 11am
Conference Registration
Lobby, Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, UW-Milwaukee

9 – 10:30 am
Opening Plenary Session: Public Education at the Crossroads
Helen Bader Concert Hall, Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, UW-Milwaukee

10:30 – 11am
Pick up boxed lunches in the lobby of the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts. Shuttles will depart for site-specific workshops from the Zelazo Center.

11am – 2pm
Concurrent 3-hour, site-specific sessions in the city of Milwaukee

11am – 5pm
Imagining America Annual National Advisory Board Meeting (Board Members Only)
Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Kilborn Room

3 – 4:30pm
Concurrent 90-minute sessions at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

4:30-5pm
Shuttles will depart from the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the Hilton Milwaukee City Center at 4:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. following the afternoon concurrent sessions.

4-6:30pm
Film Screening: Can You Dig This?
Landmark Downer Theatre, 2589 N. Downer Ave
As part of the Milwaukee Film Festival, there will be a screening of Can You Dig This, a film which follows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. This is not a story of science and economics. This is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and “plant some shit.”

6:15 – 7:45pm
Shuttles will transport people from the Hilton Milwaukee City Center to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Theater Building for the Opening Night Reception (registration required) and the evening performance. Board the bus at the hotel’s North 6th Street entrance. 

6:30 – 8pm
Opening Night Reception (registration required)
Join this year’s annual IA conference opening night reception at 6:30 p.m. A portion of proceeds from this special reception will be used to benefit Parents for Public Schools of Milwaukee (PPS-MKE), a group of Milwaukee-area parents, grandparents, and community members who share the belief that public schools are stronger when parents are actively involved.
UW-Milwaukee Theater Building Gallery

8pm
Performance: This is Washington Park. This is Milwaukee

UW-Milwaukee Theater Building Mainstage
This is Washington Park. This is Milwaukee is a docu-drama told through the eyes of a group of college students who have been assigned to collect oral histories from the people who live, work and care about the neighborhoods in the Washington Park area. This play is created in partnership with the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Shuttles will return people to the Hilton Milwaukee City Center following the performance.

Friday, October 7

Shuttles will transport people from the Hilton Milwaukee City Center to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at 7:45 a.m., 8:15 a.m., and 8:45 a.m. Board the bus at the hotel’s North 6th Street entrance. Please be sure to take one of these shuttles; buses will depart from for site-specific workshops at 10:30 a.m. from UW-Milwaukee only.

8 – 11:30am
Conference Registration
Lobby, Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, UW-Milwaukee

8 – 9:30am
Imagining America Annual Poster Session
Lobby, Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, UW-Milwaukee

9:30 – 11am
Plenary on Organizing: Principles, Problematics, and Promising Examples
Helen Bader Concert Hall, Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, UW-Milwaukee

11 – 11:30am
Pick up boxed lunches in the lobby of the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts. Shuttles will depart for site-specific workshops from the Zelazo Center.

11:30am – 2:30pm
Concurrent 3-hour, site-specific sessions in the city of Milwaukee

3:30 – 5pm
Concurrent 90-minute sessions at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and Marquette University

4:45 – 5:15pm
Shuttles will depart from the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the Hilton Milwaukee City Center at 4:45 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 5:15 p.m. following the afternoon concurrent sessions.

5:30 – 7:30pm
ArtsECO Teacher Meetup – “Social Justice Curriculum Slam”
Wisconsin Black Historical Society

7:15 – 7:45pm
Shuttles will transport people from the Hilton Milwaukee City Center to the Wisconsin Black Historical Society for the evening exhibit and performance at 7:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 7:45 p.m. Board the bus at the hotel’s North 6th Street entrance. 

7:30 – 8pm
Exhibit: Humanize Numbers

Wisconsin Black Historical Society
This exhibition of collaborative art is curated from incarcerated and student artists, and will explore the complex issues surrounding mass incarceration from many perspectives.

8pm
Performance of Precious Lives: The Live Show
Wisconsin Black Historical Society

Shuttles will return people to the Hilton Milwaukee City Center following the performance.

Saturday, October 8

All Sessions to take place at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), 273 E. Erie Street

Shuttles will transport people from the Hilton Milwaukee City Center to MIAD at 7:45 a.m., 8:15 a.m., and 8:30 a.m. Board the bus at the hotel’s North 6th Street entrance.

8am – 1pm
Conference Registration, Coffee

8am – 4:00pm
Booksale

9am – 4pm
Exhibit: What we learned from the River
Room 365
A wall display of visual material relating to the inaugural River Semester program that traveled the length of the Mississippi River. Students on the nation’s first semester program on the Mississippi River collaborated with three graphic design classes on campus to produce a museum-quality display that encapsulates “what we learned from the river” in multimedia form (photos, text, QR codes with links to audio and video). It includes material related to social justice, water quality, hydrophone recordings, a film documentary, storm water management, and endangered species.

9 – 10:30am
Concurrent 90-minute sessions

10:30 –  12:30
Lunch

11am – noon

Imagining America Campus Liaison Lunch hosted by the National Advisory Board

Concurrent 60-minute lunchtime sessions

12:30 – 2pm
Concurrent 90-minute sessions

2:30 – 4pm
Closing Plenary: Black Scholars for Black Lives–A Conversation about Scholar-Activism with Special Remarks by Madame Christiane Taubira

End of conference.

For transportation back to Milwaukee Airport, we suggest Go Riteway, 414-570-5200, or Uber. There will be a bus (limited space) returning to the Hilton Milwaukee City Center for those staying in Milwaukee Saturday night.

Discovery Trip to Fermentation Fest
Sunday, October 9
8:00am-8:00pm
A collaboration with the Greater Milwaukee Committee, WormFarm Institute, Sweet Water Foundation and SoilMobile
Cost: $50 (includes transportation, boxed lunch and snacks)
Register
For more information about Fermentation Fest: www.fermentationfest.com