May 2018 Newsletter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 25, 2018. IA Faculty Director Erica Kohl-Arenas and Managing Director Mina Matlon at the Greenlining Economic Summit in Oakland.
 
 
 
Accepting Proposals!
IA National Gathering,
Oct. 19-21, 2018 in Chicago. Read more.
 
 
 In This Issue 

From the Headquarters
 
 
 
 
Membership & Community
#18IAGathering Invitation for Proposals
 Toward an Ethics of Activism
 Extended Deadline: Apply to be a JGS Fellow
 Apply to be a PAGE Fellow
 
 
 
Regional News
 13th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health
 Celebration of Isao Fujimoto
 
 
 
 
News from the Field
 2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting
 Humanities Innovation Course Development Grants
 Prison Education and the Freedom to Create Art
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Awards
 
 
 
 
Job Announcement(s)
 IA is Hiring: Associate Director of Membership & Development (Davis, CA)
 Assistant Director, Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation (Santa Cruz, CA)
 Executive Associate Dean for the Institute of Engaged Learning (Indianapolis, IN)
 Professor of Practice and Executive Director for Community Folk Arts Center (Syracuse, NY)


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From the Headquarters

Late this winter, and in preparation for IA’s upcoming Chicago conference, I attended my first Beyond the Bars conference in New York City. This incredible experience drew from me my first poem in years, and a manifesto drafted on the return flight to IA’s Davis headquarters. Inspiring these reflections was how I felt the first time I attended an IA event years earlier: everywhere conference attendees were embodying the hard but liberatory work of imagining.

They were describing the particulars – first voice narratives of (dis)belonging and place – and situating them within larger structures of patriarchy, privilege, white supremacy, capitalism, racial capitalism. This community was gently, but directly, pushing each other in the work of fully realizing the value of life, and finding and triggering a fierce compassion and love that is needed to ground, sustain, and realize so many visions of how we could live in sister- and brotherhood with each other. A place that foregrounded wellness, understanding that hurt people hurt, and healed people heal.

Is creating a society built on the bones of love rather than violence an impossibility? Does possible or impossible reduce the responsibility to try to live in this manner anyway? To aim to cover the bones of love with the muscle of purpose and the blood of joy? Ta-Nehisi Coates once said, “I have no idea if we can live in a world without subjugation, but when the final tally comes up, I’d like to say I was on the side of the people who were trying to NOT live in a world with subjugation.” 

IA’s conference theme this year is directed toward the core of the work of imagining: the transformative use of our imaginations to build new, equitable, inclusive, and liberatory futures. Using the platform of our carceral systems to explore radical visionings and its more concrete, current manifestations, the 2018 Gathering (so termed by the local planning team to express this national coming together) will also consider the historic and contemporary structures designed to prevent us from living in full humanity with each other. 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 conference asks us to consider how our work is connected to maintaining or dismantling systems that deny such worth. 

As IA plans this year’s conference with a wonderful team of Chicago-area community leaders, artists, designers, scholars, and organizers, the responsibility of our theme is not lost on us. We bring these and additional considerations into our work as IA also undertakes an eighteen month strategic planning process, which is considering IA’s mission and work in light of the current state of higher education, the arts and culture field, and our local, regional, national, and international communities. These deliberations will invite network and public discussion beginning at the 2018 Gathering, with opportunities to shape IA’s work in the years ahead. Stay tuned for more to come!

We hope you join us in Chicago this year for what will most certainly be a powerful and magical event. And as always, if you happen to be in the area, please visit us in Davis! We are always cooking something up (sometimes literally).

Public artists, scholars, and advocates in the work of imagining America, we appreciate you.

Mina Matlon
Managing Director

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Membership and Community News
 
 
 
#18IAGathering Invitation for Proposals
Imagine a world beyond incarceration & envision liberatory futures. IA cordially invites proposals for the 18th Annual Imagining America National Gathering.
 
 
 
Toward an Ethics of Activism
Frances Lee, an Imagining America PAGE Fellow and PUBLIC editorial board member, unveils their new project, "Toward an Ethics of Activism: A Community Investigation of Humility, Grace and Compassion in Movements for Justice". It is an edited collection that seeks to disrupt dogmatic, disciplinary activist culture with essays, comics, and poems on connection and relationship repair. 
 
 
 
Apply to be a JGS Fellow
IA invites publicly engaged, undergraduate students who work with photography and/or digital media from our member institutions to apply for a 2018-2019 JGS Fellowship. Selected fellows will commit to a year-long learning exchange that includes tuition support, project support, and opportunities for professional development. Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018.
 
 
 
Apply to be a PAGE Fellow
PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) is IA's network for publicly engaged graduate students in humanities, arts, and design. Graduate students with a demonstrated interest in public scholarship and/or artistic practice are encouraged to apply for a 2018-2019 PAGE Fellowship. Deadline: Friday, June 15, 2018.
 
 
 
 
Davis, CA and Regional Surroundings
Regional News
 
 
 
13th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health
Join the 13th Annual Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health for a multi-disciplinary academic forum for researchers, faculty, graduate students, and professionals working with migrant communities around the world.  The four-day course offers a combination of lectures, workshops, poster sessions, and field trips as an opportunity to learn about different health issues that affect mobile populations. Monday, June 18, 2018 - Thursday, June 21, 2018.
 
 
 
Celebration of Isao Fujimoto
Established by UC Davis Asian American Studies in the name of Isao Fujimoto, emeritus founder of ASA, the goal of this fund is to support ASA student activities including, but not limited to, internships, and research related travel.
 
 
 
 
 
News from the Field
 
 
 
2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting
IA Faculty Director Erica Kohl-Arenas will be presenting with N.O.P.A.L. (Neighborhoods Owning Power, Action and Leadership) at the 2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE18). The workshop will offer participants an opportunity to learn about N.O.P.A.L., strategies for incorporating healing and culturally-informed approaches in
community-university collaboration, community action research, and civic engagement practices.
 
 
 
Humanities Innovation Course Development Grants
The Modern Language Association (MLA) is awarding $3,000 grants to support the development of courses and other educational programs that build enrollments and revitalize student interest in the humanities. The application deadline is September 3, 2018.
 
 
 
Prison Education and the Freedom to Create Art
Read a guest post of The Prison Arts Coalition website contributed by Shyla Maskell, who was released from Suffolk County House of Correction this month. 
 
 
 
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Awards
The 2019-2020 competition for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is now open! The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research and combination teaching/research awards in 137 countries for the 2019-2020 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.
 
 
 
 
 
Job Announcement(s)
 
 
 
IA is Hiring: Associate Director of Membership & Development (Davis, CA)
IA seeks an Associate Director of Membership and Development, a key position that works with IA’s Faculty Director and Managing Director to strengthen the IA consortium and to secure financial resources to support IA’s work. Major responsibilities of the position include conducting research and analysis required to set annual membership and contributed income goals, implementing IA’s fundraising plan, cultivating new and existing relationships with members, donors, and other key constituents, designing and supporting initiatives providing value to members, and developing, implementing, and maintaining internal systems using existing and new technologies for tracking constituent information. Link.
 
 
 
Assistant Director, Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation (Santa Cruz, CA)
The Social Sciences Division at UC Santa Cruz will be launching a new Institute for Social Transformation, whose mission is to catalyze innovative
inter-disciplinary scholarship that strengthens the role of social scientists at UC Santa Cruz in addressing critical social, cultural, economic, environmental, and scientific challenges of society.  This inaugural Assistant Director will play a critical role in building this new center and shaping strategic programmatic initiatives. Link.
 
 
 
Executive Associate Dean for the Institute of Engaged Learning (Indianapolis, IN)
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) seeks an innovative and visionary academic leader to serve as founding Executive Associate Dean (EAD) to lead the new Institute for Engaged Learning (IEL). The Institute aspires to become a national model for scaling and scaffolding high-impact practices across the curriculum at an urban research university. Link.
 
 
 
Professor of Practice and Executive Director for Community Folk Arts Center (Syracuse, NY)
The Department of African American Studies (AAS) at Syracuse University invites applications for the position of Professor of Practice and Executive Director of the Community Folk Art Center (CFAC). Founded in 1971 as a unit of the AAS Department, CFAC is a vibrant site for visual and performing arts of African Americans and of the African Diaspora. It is devoted to arts programming that engages Black cultures and serves as a nexus between the University community and people of African descent in surrounding regions. Link.
 
 
 
 
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Imagining America (IA) advances public scholarship, community building, civically engaged learning and campus change through the bold power of the arts, humanities, and design.
 
 
 
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