Imagining America (IA) staff at the Women's
March in Sacramento, CA on Jan. 20, 2018.
 
 
 
January 2018 Newsletter
 
 
 
 
 In This Issue 

From the Faculty Director

Membership & Community
 Imagining America 2018 National Conference
 New Issue from PUBLIC: A Journal of Imagining America
 IA welcomes three new member institutions to consortium!
2018 People's State of the Union to take place January 25 — February 4
Oberlin College's Community Engaged Projects and Pedagogy

IA Local Events
 First Fridays Writing Fellowship
 #PSOTU18 at Imagining America

News from the Field
U.S.​ college​ ​&​ university​ ​leaders​ ​launch “Presidents’​ ​Alliance​ ​on​ ​Higher​ ​Education​ ​and​ ​Immigration" ramping​ ​up​ ​campus,​ public​ education​ ​&​ ​advocacy​ ​efforts
Webinar Introducing Social Action Course Model — Feb 16 @ 3 pm EST  

Job Announcement(s)
 Senior Director of Artist Programs (New York, NY)
 Lecturer, Creative Writing, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (Tacoma, WA)
 Community Engagement Specialist (St. Paul, MN)
 Impact and Evaluation Manager (New York City, Chicago, or Washington, DC)
 Director, Residential Communities (Granville, OH)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From the Faculty Director
Dear IA community,

          In January of most years, the President delivers a State of the Union Address highlighting the past year and suggesting priorities for the coming year. It’s a broadcast from one to many. But democracy is a conversation, not a monologue. Understanding the state of our union takes We the People reflecting in our own communities on our challenges and opportunities locally, nationally, and globally.” For the past four years, IA community partner the United States Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) has hosted a “People’s State of the Union” through which thousands of people from around the country, in their own homes, schools, houses of worship, and community organizations, have supplemented the President’s address with their own take on the state of our union. A year ago, in the first staff visit to our new host campus, UC Davis, IA invited faculty, students, and community partners to a People’s State of the Union story circle event that seeded the themes for the 2017 IA conference. We are honored to host our second annual People’s State of the Union here in the IA offices in Davis, CA on February 2nd from 3-6pm. If you’re in the area we invite you to join us for art making and storytelling about the state of our communities and nation.

          It is a busy time for IA. As this newsletter is prepared for you, I will have traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) annual conference. IA is leading a pre-conference symposium workshop in partnership with IA’s Assessing the Practices of Publicly Engaged Scholarship (APPS) research group. For news and live tweets from the AAC&U conference follow @ImaginingAmer.

          PUBLIC: A Journal of Imagining America is pleased to announce the publication of its latest issue: Digital Engagements; Or, The Virtual Gets Real, guest edited by Teresa Mangum, Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Iowa. You can view it online now at public.imaginingamerica.org. I am guest editing the next special issue of our journal PUBLIC with UC Davis Professor of Asian American Studies, Robyn Rodriguez. This issue will mark the 5th anniversary of the journal and IA’s move to California’s Central Valley and will focus on the opportunities, risks, and inter-connected lines between public, activist, and community-engaged scholarship in our host campus region. 

          We are also excited to announce that Imagining America’s 2018 National Conference will be held October 19-21 in Chicago, in partnership with Illinois Humanities. The two organizations will work with local institutions and leaders in organizing this annual event. Please save the date! 

          We hope you enjoy learning about what is going on in the IA network in this month’s newsletter. Finally, please join me in welcoming four new members to the IA consortium – Oberlin College, UC Irvine, Lansing Community College and Bellevue Community College!

Sincerely,
Erica Kohl-Arenas, IA Faculty Director
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Membership and Community News
 
 
 
 
Imagining America 2018 National Conference
Imagining America and Illinois Humanities are pleased to announce that Imagining America’s 2018 National Conference will be held October 19-21 in Chicago, Illinois. The two organizations will work with local institutions and leaders in organizing this annual event.
 
 
Cover image of the newest issue of PUBLIC.
New in PUBLIC — Digital Engagements; Or, the Virtual Gets Real
PUBLIC: A Journal of Imagining America is pleased to announce the publication of its latest issue: Digital Engagements; Or, the Virtual Gets Real, guest edited by Teresa Mangum, Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Iowa. You can view it online now at public.imaginingamerica.org.
 
 
Imagining America Welcomes Three New Member Institutions to Consortium!
 
 
 
 
Imagining America is delighted to start 2018 with delightful news of three new member institutions joining the consortium! 
  • University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  • Lansing Community College (Lansing, MI)
  • Bellevue College (Bellevue, WA)

Read about the new member's featured work and new campus representatives, here.

New Member Feature:
Lansing College shares two amazing projects with us—one even inspired during the 2017 Imagining America National Conference! Read more.

 
 
 
 
2018 People's State of the Union to Take Place January 25 — February 4
Our cultural partner, U.S. Department of Arts and Culture's (USDAC), hosts a yearly national movement. On the premise that democracy is a conversation, not a monologue—the USDAC hosts the People’s State of the Union as an invitation to supplement the President’s stories by coming together in our own homes, schools, houses of worship, and community organizations to share our own take on the state of our union.

Host your own Story Circle, or join one in your community. #PSOTU18
Sign up at https://usdac.us/psotu.
 
 
 
 
Oberlin College's Community Engaged Projects and Pedagogy
We excitedly feature Oberlin College's latest community-engaged projects:
 A Pedagogy, Advocacy, and Community Engagement (PACE) course engaging youth in music.
• A “Philosophy in the Schools” course taught by community-based learning faculty fellow, Kate Thomson-Jones.
• An environmental justice movement through community-based research where students fight for justice.

Congratulations to Oberlin College, and thank you to Campus Representatives from the Bonner Center for Service and Learning!
• Trecia Pottinger, Director, Bonner Center for Service and Learning, Bonner Scholars Program 
• Tania Boster, Director, Bonner Center Curricular Initiatives; Associate Director, Bonner Center for Service and Learning, Lecturer, Department of History



 
 
 
 
 
 
Davis, CA and Regional Surroundings
IA Local Events
 
 
 
First Fridays Writing Fellowship
IA is hosting a fellowship of UC Davis faculty, graduate students and program staff—from all disciplines and levels—who are banding together in a co-working space for the express purpose of writing.

This is not meant to be a socializing space; the emphasis will be on working on our writing in an environment of mutual support as a community of scholars. All you need to do is show up with your laptop, your earbuds, and something you are working on. Stay for 30 minutes or for the full two hours, it’s up to you. We invite you to come, join us, and get some work done! Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.

What: “First Fridays Writing Fellowship”
When: The first Friday of each month, beginning February 2, 2018, from 10am-12pm
Where: The Offices of Imagining America, UC Davis Campus
Who: All UC Davis faculty, graduate students, and program staff
 
 
#PSOTU18 at Imagining America
On Feb. 2nd, Imagining America (IA) is hosting a free, community event involving art, refreshments, and storytelling on the state of Davis and our nation.

National Events: Find or post your local #PSOTU18 event, here!
 
 
 
 
News from the Field
 
 
 
Announcing Webinar Introducing Social Action Course Model — Feb 16 @ 3 pm EST
The Bonner Foundation invites you to join us for a one-hour introduction by Scott Myers-Lipton, Sociology Professor at San Jose State University, on starting a Social Action Course on your campus. This webinar is for any student, staff, or faculty member who wants to understand this approach for teaching students how to "do social action" not just learn the theory and practice. What is great about his approach (and the book that he’s written for it) is that it can be used across disciplines, as it has already been taught this past fall semester in environmental studies, business, and sociology.

The webinar is scheduled for February 16 at 3:00 pm EST.
Please email me at rhackett@bonner.org if you are interested in joining the webinar so we can email you the dial-in directions and the meeting handouts.

Meanwhile, I encourage you to purchase Scott's new book — CHANGE! A Student Guide to Social Action — on Amazon or directly from Routledge Press. You can visit the Bonner Wiki here to see more resources on social action courses. Also, please feel free to email Scott directly (smlipton@gmail.com) if have any questions about the process and support he can provide for starting a social action course on our campus.

Bobby Hackett, Bonner Foundation President
 
 
 
U.S.​ ​College​ ​&​ ​University​ ​Leaders​ ​Launch
“Presidents’​ ​Alliance​ ​on​ ​Higher​ ​Education​ ​and​ ​Immigration”
Ramping​ ​Up​ ​Campus,​ ​Public​ ​Education​ ​&​ ​Advocacy​ ​Efforts
The Presidents’​ ​Alliance​ ​on​ ​Higher​ ​Education​ ​and​ ​Immigration, created on November 14, 2017,​ is a collective effort to improve how colleges and universities address immigration-related matters affecting their campuses. The Alliance will support adoption of best practices on campuses, and work in a unified manner to communicate the need for federal and state policies that create a welcoming environment for immigrant, undocumented, and international students.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Job Announcement(s)
 
 
 
Senior Director of Artist Programs (New York, NY)
The Joan Mitchell Foundation seeks a dynamic, passionate big thinker and team builder for the role of Senior Director of Artist Programs. As a member of the Senior Management Team, the person in this role will oversee all of the Foundation’s artist-centered programs, including grantmaking, educational initiatives, comprehensive career-spanning work with artists, and our residency program in New Orleans, the Joan Mitchell Center. The ideal candidate will have at least seven years of experience running a program or nonprofit, be solidly grounded in social justice work, and have the talent and skill to inspire and oversee an extraordinary team at the intersection of visual arts and service. Link.
 
 
 
Lecturer, Creative Writing, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (Tacoma, WA)
The University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a Full-Time Lecturer position in Creative Writing within the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. This position requires a strong record of teaching excellence in poetry writing and first year composition that demonstrates the ability to work with underrepresented students in developing their voice through the use of innovative pedagogies in writing. Link.
 
 
 
Community Engagement Specialist (St. Paul, MN)
The 106 Group has an immediate opening in our St. Paul office for a Community Engagement Specialist to join our Engagement team. This position involves working collaboratively with others to develop strategies and conduct community, stakeholder, and tribal engagement for a broad range of projects in Minnesota and nationally. Link.
 
 
 
Impact and Evaluation Manager (New York City, Chicago, or Washington, DC)
The Obama Foundation is hiring an Impact and Evaluation Manager who will lead the development of impact-centered program strategy and program evaluation and measurement tools and systems. This person will report to the Deputy Chief Program Officer. They will help define long and short-term impact as part of a collaborative, iterative program development process and work with key stakeholders across the Obama Foundation to evaluate and measure major projects and initiatives. The ideal candidate has significant experience developing and managing monitoring, evaluation, and/or measurement programs -- especially building new programs or projects, strong strategic planning and execution skills, and an ability to build relationships and motivate people at all levels of an organization. The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. Link.
 
 
 
Director, Residential Communities (Granville, OH)
Lead a team of professional staff, supportive operating staff and student staff to support and facilitate the development of welcoming and engaging residential communities. Cultivate a uniquely Denison vision for the department and develop a new, vibrant model for residential living at Denison that builds on the marquee strengths of the college: leadership development, creative problem solving, civic engagement, and a commitment to diversity. 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.
As a national consortium of university and cultural institutions, we build partnerships among public scholars, artists, students, designers and cultural organizers who are addressing the most pressing issues of our time.
 
 
 
 
 
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