Schedule

The Imagining America Gathering is an annual gathering of public scholars, artists, students, designers, and cultural organizers who are addressing the nation’s most critical issues. The IA Gathering offers participants a three-day immersive experience in which to connect, dialogue, learn, and strategize on the ways in which the arts, humanities, and design are and may be leveraged locally, regionally, and nationally towards transformative action.

Using the platform of our carceral systems to explore radical visionings and its more concrete, current manifestations, the 2018 IA Gathering will also consider the historic and contemporary structures designed to prevent us from living in full humanity with each other.


Gathering at a Glance

#18IAGathering

Discover sessions, workshops, seminars, and performances at our 2018 IA Gathering. The gathering enables people to build and sustain relationships that link stories, fulfill the democratic purposes of higher education, and address collective challenges. Check back periodically for updates!

Day 1

Friday, October 19


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    7:30 am – 4 pm

    Registration at Loop Hub

     

    7:30 – 9 am

    Breakfast

     

    9 – 10:45 am

    Opening Session:
    Fawn Pochel, Toussaint Losier, Cynthia Soto, A. Naomi Paik, Vajra Watson, Sisters JoAnn Persch and Pat Murphy, Members of Organized Communities Against Deportations, Roy Kinsey, Tonika Johnson

     

    11 am – 12:30 pm

    Lunch pick-up

     

    11 am – 5 pm

    • IAStoryShare
    • Booksellers
    • Community Tabling

     

    11 am – 2 pm

    Presidents’ Forum:
    Tackling institutional racism on American campuses
    Hosted by: Columbia College Chicago

     

    11 am – 12 pm

    Undergraduates Lunch

     

    11:30 am – 1 pm

    Campus Liaison Lunch
    Session Block #1
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    1:30 – 3 pm

    Session Block #2
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    1:30 – 3 pm

    IA Cultural Institutions Member Working Group

     

    3:30 – 5 pm

    Session Block #3
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    6 – 8:15 pm

    Opening Night Reception + Randy Martin Spirit Awards
    Northerly Shores Vistor Center

Chicago Loop Main Hub: Roosevelt University

Day 2

Saturday, October 20


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    8 am – 4 pm

    Registration at Loop Hub
    Open: 8am

     

    Registration at South Chicago Hub
    Open: 11am

     

    8 – 9 am

    Breakfast

     

    9 -10 am

    Opening Session:
    Illinois Humanities, Members of Envisioning Justice Initative

     

    10am – 5 pm

    • IAStoryShare
    • Booksellers
    • Community Tabling
    • Makers & Wellness Spaces

     

    10 am – 12:30 pm

    Lunch pick-up

     

    10:30 am – 5:30 pm

    Shuttle Buses looping between Hubs

     

    10:30 am – 5 pm

    Loop Hub Sessions
    Session Blocks #1, #2, #3
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     11:15 am – 4:45 pm

    South Chicago Hub Sessions
    Session Blocks #1, #2, #3
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    2:15 – 3:15pm

    The Long Term Book Launch
    • Creative Community Development Coffee Hour
    • Womxn in the Creative Fields: A Gathering

     

    6 – 8:10 pm

    Performance: Time Alone

Chicago Loop Main Hub: Roosevelt University

South Chicago Main Hub: SkyART

Day 3

Sunday, October 21


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    8 am – 12:30 pm

    Registration at Loop Hub

     

    8 – 9 am

    Breakfast

     

    9am – 2 pm

    • IAStoryShare
    • Booksellers
    • Community Tabling
    • Makers & Wellness Spaces

     

    9 -10:30 am

    Session Block #1
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    11 am – 12 pm

    Session Block #2
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    11:30 am – 1 pm

    Lunch pick-up

     

    12:30 am – 2 pm

    Session Block #3
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    2:15 – 2:30 pm

    Special Event:
    All convene at Fainman Lounge

     

    2:30 – 4 pm

    Closing Session
    Red Clay Dance, Avery Young, the Chicago Bucket Boys, and Bernardine Dohrn

Chicago Loop Main Hub: Roosevelt University

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Pre-Gathering

Thursday, October 18

NAB Meeting
PAGE Summit
A local artist conversation
APPS Pre-Gathering on Democratically-Engaged Assessment

Schedule is subject to change.

“For many of us within the IA consortium that dedicate our work to centering the worthiness of life, whether we work within higher education, the nonprofit field, in government, or elsewhere, this year’s IA Gathering asks us to consider how our work is connected to maintaining or dismantling systems that deny such worth.”   – IA Managing Director Mina Matlon

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