Reports & Essays

  • 2014 Imagining America Presidents’ Forum Report

    In a time when higher education is facing significant challenges, how can colleges and universities address the critical social and economic challenges of our time? What responsibility do higher education leaders have to perpetuate the great public, civic, and democratic legacy of American higher education? Presidents, provosts, and other national leaders are betting that part Read more...

  • The Huffington Post

    IA Co-Directors Timothy K. Eatman and Scott J. Peters are contributors to the “College” blog on the Huffington Post. To see their posts, search the site “Timothy K. Eatman” or “Scott J. Peters.” Here are their most recent entries: Countering the Single Story About Higher Education’s Public Purpose In Troubled Times, a Democratic Revival Linked Read more...

  • Full Participation: Building the Architecture for Diversity & Community Engagement in Higher Ed

    Susan Sturm, the George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility and the founding director of the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School, Timothy Eatman, Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Syracuse University and Co-Director of Imagining America, John Saltmarsh, co-director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts, Read more...

  • Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in the Engaged University

    Julie Ellison, professor of American Culture, English, and Art and Design at the University of Michigan and  director emerita of IA, and Timothy K. Eatman, assistant professor of Higher Education at Syracuse University and director of research for IA, offer an approach to tenure that knits together the career of the publicly engaged humanist or Read more...

  • Publicly Engaged Scholarship in the Humanities, Arts, and Design

    This article is included in a national collection of trend papers, A Working Guide to the Landscape of Art & Change, commissioned by Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts. A growing number of colleges and universities are expanding and deepening the role that publicly engaged scholarship in the humanities, arts, and design can Read more...

  • What (Public) Good Are the (Engaged) Humanities?

    Gregory Jay, professor of English and director, Cultures and Communities Program, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, reflects on common achievements, problems, and opportunities among efforts to link campuses and communities to advance cultural development and social justice. Jay argues that connecting humanities research and teaching with projects to further democracy, social justice, and the public Read more...

  • Design in the Public Interest — The Dilemma of Professionalism

    Rob Corser, American Institute of Architects, and assistant professor, University of Washington, explores traditions of professional organization and oversight that raise expectations for civic responsibility and simultaneously present roadblocks to deeper engagement in design. Part One is an overview of concepts of professionalism in design, taking the field of architecture as a case study of Read more...

  • The Curriculum Project Report: Culture and Community Development in Higher Education

    Arlene Goldbard, writer and consultant, reports on the findings of a collaborative research project on the state of community cultural development (CCD) education. The report begins by describing the vital signs that point toward a ripening awareness of the role of creativity in service to civil society and the public good. It then recounts what Read more...

  • Imagining America—Engaged Scholarship for the Arts, Humanities, and Design

    Robin Higgins, IA assistant director, and Jamie Haft, IA communications manager, describe Imagining America’s founding at a 1999 White House meeting, its early work to develop a common language and culture about engaged art and scholarship, and current annual programming, national initiatives, and organizational challenges. Engaged scholarship in the arts and humanities is created in Read more...

  • Excellence in Campus-Community Partnerships in the Arts, Humanities, and Design

    Cynthia Koch, with a forward by Julie Ellison, describes the qualities of excellent campus-community partnerships as experienced by seasoned practitioners in the arts and humanities. The discussions that fueled the report showed that effective partnerships are, above all, social. They require concerted efforts to construct, maintain, and sustain relationships that yield concrete results. The pathways Read more...

  • The End Of The Beginning: Report On The First Two Years

    This 2002 report provides an overview of Imagining America as a growing organization since its birth out of the White House Millenium Council. Its growing support among America’s premier higher educational institutions is examined. It also thoroughly reviews the issues that prompted its original formation.

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