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Session Formats

Proposed sessions should be interactive, providing opportunities for sharing and co-creation. Typical session formats are as follows:

  • Performance, Actions, and Dialogue: These sessions provide the opportunity for performance-based engagement, with special interest in innovative approaches. Sessions must include ample opportunity for discussion and feedback.
  • Roundtable: Designed to facilitate discussion around a shared topic, issue, or action, roundtables begin with short statements (5-10 minutes) in response to questions distributed in advance by the organizer. The sessions then largely consist of discussion.
  • Workshop: A facilitator sets the agenda, poses opening questions, and organizes participant activities and discussions. The session can focus on specific skill development, problem-solving, resources for community-higher education partnerships, or work and conversation on particular issues.
  • Exhibition and Installation: We welcome proposals to exhibit work during the gathering, with time allotted during the gathering program for participant discussion and reflection. Limited exhibition space is available and we strongly recommend speaking with IA staff regarding space requirements before submitting your proposal.
  • Media Session: We welcome films, video or audio clips, or projects (entire or excerpts) that use new media. The viewing of or listening to media should not take up the entire session; presenters should build dialogue or other ways of engaging the audience into their proposed session descriptions.
  • Pecha Kucha: Brief 6-7 minute thought collages of basic concepts. One slide is visible for exactly 20 seconds and exactly 20 slides are allowed. This format democratizes the presentations by keeping speakers to the same time limit. Speakers can then integrate core concepts of their talks into the group discussion that follows.


Other session formats in mind? Discuss your ideas with us. Email us at or call us at (530) 297-4640.

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