Ninth Annual National Conference
Public Engagement in a Diverse
Layers of Place, Movements of People
***CALL FOR GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWS***
Thursday, October 2 – Saturday, October 4, 2008
What is "Publicly Active Graduate Education"? How does scholarship activate civic engagement, and vice versa? When theory and practice unite in community-based projects led by graduate students, what are the implications—for graduate students, for the communities involved, and for graduate education?
Graduate students at all stages of their MA/MFA/PhD programs are eligible to be PAGE Fellows or if they have received their degree in the last two years.
Fellows will receive $600 towards the expenses of attending the conference, and will have their conference registration fee waived. To apply, send a brief letter of interest and a 1-2 page CV by July 1st, 2008 to: Robin Goettel, Assistant Director, Imagining America,
We invite conference proposals for seminars, roundtables, workshops, and panels (see descriptions below) on partnerships and projects touching on these topics as they relate to diversity and engagement:
Layers of Peoples, Places, and Histories: What is the relationship of colleges and universities to the layers of local life, both evident and submerged, all around them? How can we peel back the strata of these landscapes and histories in order to draw attention to what came before? In what ways can scholars and artists respond to the displacement of peoples and sites that result from the "development" of the university, college, city, or town?
Social Movements & Diversity: What roles do public scholars and artists play in political and cultural conversations about the meaning of demographic, racial, and ethnic change within rapidly changing communities of all sizes, nationally and internationally? How do scholars and artists contribute to public understanding of social movements that connect or divide people locally and across the nation? How might recent developments in the worlds of politics and culture (the 2008 election, the immigration reform debate, reconfigurations in technologies of communication) reshape the research and artistic agendas of public scholars?
Engagement across Sectors: How does scholarship in the humanities and the arts serve as a bridge between colleges and universities and the local, national, and global communities in which they reside? How might collaborations between scholars in the humanities and the arts contribute to public discussion of demographic, social, and political change?