Imagining America Remembers Dr. Randy Martin

By Imagining America | January 29, 2015


Randy Martin, a long-time advocate and ally of Imagining America, passed away on January 28, 2015 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was the founding chair of the Department of Art & Public Policy in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Randy’s impact on IA and everyone involved with IA is difficult to capture in words. His intellect kept us alert, his generosity gave us hope, his clowning made us human.

The loss of Randy is hard for us to comprehend and the mourning will continue. We will find ways to commemorate and remain true to his legacy. 

Today, we simply stand in solidarity and compassion with those Randy touched and influenced through his life and work. 

Below, we have compiled several powerful examples of Randy’s work:

2012 IA Conference Opening Plenary Session – featuring Dr. Marta Moreno Vega,  Sonja Manjon, Randy Martin, and Jack Tchen.

LATERAL MOVES – ACROSS DISCIPLINES – is an edited conversation with Randy Martin and three members of the Cultural Studies Praxis Collective: Miriam Bartha, Diane Douglas, and Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren. The original conversation took place at the University of Washington’s Simpson Center for the Humanities in 2007. The transcript of the conversation was reworked and revised by the interlocutors and Bruce Burgett, the current chair of the IA National Advisory Board.Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 4.10.56 PM

Linked Fates and Futures: Communities and Campuses as Equitable Partners? – is a piece written by Randy Martin for the first issue of Public: A Journal of Imagining America, following the 2012 IA Conference in New York City. It is a brief reflection on some dilemmas facing higher education, nonprofit organizations, and culture and community before considering a few ways in which Imagining America might address these challenges through its own efforts.Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 4.12.05 PM