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Imagining America’s 2011 National Conference: “What Sustains Us?”

Imagining America LogoImagining America invites university affiliates and community partners to participate in our twelfth annual national conference, September 22-24, 2011, co-hosted by Macalester College and the University of Minnesota. Learn more at www.imaginingamerica.org.

This year’s conference theme, “What Sustains Us?” asks participants to engage a broad range of questions about sustainability: environmental concerns, our existential and vocational condition; our social and institutional relations regarding humanities and arts practices; and concerns of globalization and the often-invisible labor that surrounds us.

Featured Speakers Include:
–Harry Boyte, co-director of the Center for Democracy Citizenship, Augsburg College
–David Scobey, Executive Dean at The New School for General Studies and Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy

Keynote Address:
–Seeding the Future, a conversation between collaborators Seitu Jones, artist, activist, and Senior Fellow in Agricultural Systems, University of Minnesota; and Dr. Rose Brewer, African American & African Studies, University of Minnesota. Sponsored by Dr. Ann Waltner and the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Minnesota.

–Special convening for deans and senior administrators to discuss the institutionalization of engaged art and scholarship. Co-hosted by Provost Kathleen Murray, Macalester College, and Andy Furco, Associate vice president for public engagement, University of Minnesota.
–Open meeting for participants from Imagining America institutions to activate campus organizing strategies around civic engagement.
–Launch of IA’s new website
–Student and Community visual arts exhibits curated for Imagining America around the theme, “What Sustains US?”

More than a dozen visits to sites where campus-community partnerships take place. Topics include:
–Community Cultural Development (Juxtaposition Arts, North Minneapolis)
–Public History as Public Commons (Minnesota History Museum)
–Creating an Arts-based Community in Rural Settings (Northfield, Minnesota)
–Community Health and Culture (Powderhorn Cultural Wellness Center)
–The Theater of Engagement (In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater)
–Experiential Environmental Learning (a guided canoe trip on the Mississippi River)

Evening events include a sustainability dinner at Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market; A Skyped spoken word collaboration between students in Minneapolis, MN, and Syracuse, NY; performances at the Walker Art Center; and more!

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This post was submitted using our direct-to-blog form at www.ncdd.org/submit by Victoria DelPrato. Imagining America (IA) supports colleges and universities to animate and strenghten the public and civic purposes of humanities, arts, and design through mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships that advance democratic scholarship. For more information, visit www.imaginingamerica.org.

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