2013 National Conference Highlights

By Kevin Bott | June 21, 2013

Believe the hype! This is gonna’ be a good one!

We are very excited about this year’s conference and see it as a significant milepost in the consortium’s desire to transform the culture of our meeting – from a series of valuable but discrete presentations, to an intentionally curated series of conversations leading to action. And since the conference is here in our home city of Syracuse, we are thrilled to be able to include so many of our intellectual and creative partners from the city and region. Our three-day event is our annual opportunity as a consortium – now more than 100 institutions strong – to do work together. It is our chance to challenge and to inspire one another and to articulate the concrete steps we need to undertake together to advance IA’s Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals.  We hope you are able to join us.

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.
  • A 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.

Please visit IA’s conference pages to register, to book your hotel, to enroll in one of our many exciting seminars or to sign up to present a poster session on Friday morning.

The full program will be posted in the coming weeks. 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!