December 2018 Newsletter
 In This Issue 

From the Headquarters
Membership & Community
• Welcome Cal State LA
New IA National Advisory Board Members
New IAStoryShare Episodes
University of Miami CaneTalks
Seeking change without the commodification of pain and suffering
New book, Awakening Democracy through Public Work
End-of-Year Giving, #WHYGIVEIA
Pictured: Gingerbread decorating at IA's December Happening. December 12, 2018. 
News from the Field
• Call for Proposals: BTtoP Multi-Institutional Innovation Grants
• Call for Programs: 2019 CLDE Meeting
• MacDowell Colony Fellowship
Regional News
 IA to partner with DHI on 20th anniversary project with Mellon Public Scholars
 Open Mic Nights@MC
 IA Happening Holiday Party
Job Announcement(s)
• Communications Manager, Feminist Research Institute (Davis, CA)
 Community Engaged Learning Specialist (Walla Walla, WA)
 Tenure-track Asst. or Assoc. Professor of Service Learning and Social Action, Service Learning Institute (Seaside, CA)

From the Headquarters
Letter from the Faculty Director

Dear IA Community,

As the year comes to a close, Imagining America (IA) is pleased to share our refreshed Vision, Mission, and Values. IA is engaging in a strategic planning process, to be completed by our 20th Anniversary National Gathering in Albuquerque, NM, October 18-20, 2019. With the goals of clearly defining IA’s most important value today and thinking strategically about how to best serve and organize our national consortium, a Strategic Planning Task Force, our National Advisory Board, staff, and allied scholars and artists engaged in a year of deep reflection. Together, we immersed ourselves in a study of IA’s rich 19-year history, programs, research, accomplishments and challenges, including through one-on-one conversations, readings, retreats, and webinars with former IA leaders.

Through this process, we asked ourselves what is the most important role Imagining America can play today – in a time when many people can more easily imagine impending political and ecological doom than a hopeful future. In addition to the work described above, we conducted an analysis of the now more crowded fields of higher education networks and cultural organizing initiatives, within the context of changing structures of higher education and our polarized and unequal yet highly activated society. Together, we determined that our most important role is to support and ignite ‘the work of imagining’ – the practice of coming together across university and community lines as our full selves in critical yet hopeful spaces to collaboratively study, imagine and enact better ways of living and working together.

​​​​​​​I am pleased to share with you IA’s refreshed Vision, Mission, Values.
IA's Refreshed Vision, Mission, Values →
We are now drafting a set of Goals that represent IA’s unique opportunities and responsibilities in the years ahead. This winter and spring, IA staff, National Advisory Board members, and allies will travel across the country to receive feedback on these goals and learn about the most pressing hopes, dreams, and challenges across our national consortium. Based on this listening we will revise our goals and complete the strategic plan, which will be shared at our 2019 National Gathering in Albuquerque.

We look forward to seeing many of you this winter and spring as we take our Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals on the road, and to learning about your work and hopes for the years ahead. As always, many thanks for all you do and never hesitate to reach out with questions and ideas! The staff at the IA headquarters in Davis wish you a restorative and peaceful holiday season.

In community,
Erica Kohl-Arenas
Faculty Director, Imagining America
Associate Professor, American Studies, UC Davis
Membership and Community News
Welcome New Member, Cal State LA
California State University, Los Angeles joins the consortium as our newest member of Imagining America. Welcome!

Get to Know Cal State LA:
Among Cal State LA's collaborations with community organizations are its prison-based education programs (Project Rebound and Lancaster Prison Program) and Community Engagement Documentaries.
Member Liaisons:
Michael Willard, Department of Liberal Studies
Taffany Lim, Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good
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Welcome New National Advisory Board Members
Shannon Jackson, KerryAnn O'Meara, and Judy Pryor-Ramirez
IA is delighted and honored to welcome three new members to our board this year: Shannon Jackson, KerryAnn O'Meara, and Judy Pryor-Ramirez.
IAStoryShare Episodes 7 and 8 now live!
IAStoryShare is a project of IA where publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, students and other community members share stories about their life and work. 
E7Nitya Kumaran & Pat Michael
E8Robin Hill & Andrew Sullivan
"I imagine" - Clips of IAStoryshare
Subscribe to the IAStoryShare Podcast
University of Miami CaneTalks: 
Youthquake: New Politics for a New Generation
Check out UM's newest CaneTalks with Robin Bachin, Youthquake: New Politics for a New Generation, addressing the role of Gen Z in reshaping what counts as politics in America. Robin serves on IA's National Advisory Board.
Seeking change without the commodification of pain and suffering
Frances Lee, PAGE Co-Director, seeks change that doesn’t rely on empathy, which can turn pain and suffering into a commodity. Read their thoughtful piece on The Seattle Globalist.
New book, Awakening Democracy through Public Work
Awakening Democracy through Public Work (November, Vanderbilt University Press) is a new book by Harry Boyte (Augsburg University) with contributions from global partners of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the University of Minnesota. Harry was on the founding board of Imagining America and has since been a partner and contributor to IA. He is the author and co-author of books on community and cultural organizing including The Backyard Revolution, Community Is PossibleFree Spaces, with Sara Evans, Building America, with Nan Kari, and Everyday Politics. The new book is available through the following link and at major retailers.
Give to IA
End-of-Year Giving, #WHYGIVEIA
IA is launching an end-of-year campaign! Please consider us in your 2018 end-of-year giving. Your contribution supports travel scholarships, conference programming, peer learning opportunities, and so much more. We thank you in advance for your participation and generosity, and wish you a joyful holiday season.

What You Can Do:
• Participate today & consider donating to IA for your end-of-year giving before December 31, 2018.
• Like, post, and share using the hashtag #WHYGIVEIA.
• Tell us your #WHYGIVEIA story on Facebook or Twitter, and we will share it with our followers! 
News from the Field
Call for Proposals:
BTtoP Multi-Institutional Innovation Grants
Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for colleges, universities, and other higher education organizations. Grant awards of up to $7,000 will support multi-institutional collaborations that advance—through innovative practices, programs, policies, or research. BTtoP invites multi-institutional grant proposals grounded in these basic commitments: to the education of the whole student, to equity and inclusion, and to the imperative for creative innovation. Proposal Deadline: Monday, February 4, 2019. Awards Announced: By Friday, March 15, 2019.
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Call for Programs:
2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting
The 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE19) is a conference intended to facilitate exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work. CLDE19 invites proposals for this year's conference. Proposal Deadline: Thursday, January 31, 2019.
MacDowell Colony Fellowship
MacDowell Colony, a leading contemporary arts organization, is offering a fellowship for artists of all disciplines and backgrounds. The Colony accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. 
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Davis, CA and Regional Surroundings
Regional News
IA to partner with DHI on 20th anniversary project with Mellon Public Scholars
In this news article, UC Davis Humanities Institute shares the current and upcoming work of the Mellon Public Scholars Program. The Mellon Public Scholars will work closely with IA staff and national IA consortium members on a project related to the 20th anniversary celebration of the organization in 2019.
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Open Mic Nights@MC
Singers, poets, and emcees: Come share your artistry at Open Mic Nights@MC. In partnership with campus group Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS), the Mondavi Center hosts a quarterly Open Mic Night for UC Davis students, faculty, staff and community youth. Hosted by MC CoCo Blossom with DJ Lady Char. Come ready to perform, support friends, or just enjoy the free show. 

January 29, 2019
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre
Sign-ups — 5:30 - 6:00 pm
Open Mic — 6:00 - 9:00 pm

IA Happening Holiday Party

To close out the year, IA hosted a holiday-themed Happening on December 12th. The IA Community Room was crowded with new and familiar faces of friends from around Davis and the region. Thank you all for coming and bringing your holiday cheer! We enjoyed making crafts and sharing refreshments with you all.
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Job Announcement(s)

Communications Manager, Feminist Research Institute (Davis, CA)
The Feminist Research Institute at UC Davis is seeking a Communications Manager to amplify the reach and impact of feminist research. The Communications Manager will be responsible for designing and implementing an strategic communications plan that grows FRI's relationships with allied individuals and organizations within UC Davis and beyond. This includes identifying new audiences and potential partners who share our commitment to research-informed social change. This position is half-time, with full UCD benefits.  Link.


Community Engaged Learning Specialist (Walla Walla, WA)   
The primary function of the Community Learning Specialist is to work with Whitman faculty and staff to create and help implement academic courses and other significant learning initiatives which facilitate increased interactions between campus and the Walla Walla Valley. We are particularly looking to bring on someone who possesses an understanding of realms of cutting edge knowledge and practice such as social entrepreneurship, community-based participatory research methods, public scholarship, archives and curations, digital production, anti-oppressive frameworks, participatory action research, applied research, and social practice.  


Tenure-track Asst. or Assoc. Professor of Service Learning and Social Action, Service Learning Institute (Seaside, CA)
The Service Learning & Social Action faculty will serve as the SLI point person for the newly redesigned lower division Civics/Service Learning course. The new course is designed to give students the opportunity to become personally involved in a community issue, while more deeply understanding their individual rights and responsibilities, along with the civic and political structures that govern action in our society. The course covers American political institutions, the United States and California constitutions, social group identities and the dynamics of power, privilege and oppression, and the skills of civic action. In addition to teaching multiple sections of this course, the faculty person will play a leading role in supporting professional development for this new GE requirement campus-wide. The Service Learning & Social Action faculty will also be able to teach courses as part of the Student Leadership in Service Learning Program, and the Minor in Service Learning Leadership.  Link.

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By dreaming and building together in public, IA creates the conditions to shift culture and transform inequitable institutional and societal structures. 
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