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Imagining America Announcements

Imagining America Announcements


Here’s the latest IA & field-wide news.

Important IA Conference Announcements:

  • The reduced fees associated with the early-bird registration expire in ten days, on Aug. 31st. Here’s the link:
  • After you register, you can sign-up to participate in a conference site visit. There are more than a dozen exciting options in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan, including in Harlem and the Lower East Side. Sign-up here:  

IA’s Scott Peters will be on a panel in Washington, DC on Sept. 4th to launch the project, “Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?” Led by the American Commonwealth Partnership (ACP) and National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), the dialogue series will focus on how higher education could do more, or operate differently, to strengthen America’s economy, culture, and civic participation. The launch event will take place on  Sept. 4th at 9 a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Panelists include: Martha Kanter, U.S. Under Secretary of Education; Bill Muse, president, NIFI; Harry Boyte, national coordinator, ACP; Nancy Cantor, chancellor of Syracuse University; Muriel Howard, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities; Bernie Ronan, chair, The Democracy Commitment; Kaylesh Ramu, president, Student Government Association, University of Maryland Baltimore County; and Scott Peters, co-director, Imagining America. More info:

Outgoing IA board member Sylvia Gale shares a reflection on the IA blog: “Over the course of these years, I have often said—I grew up in Imagining America. But what is it that I’ve really gotten from this organization? I think there are three things, and I have come to think of them as ‘propellers’—they are propellers for individuals; they are catalysts for a movement.” Read Sylvia’s post, “Three Things I Got from Imagining America,” here: We thank Sylvia for her six years of service on the IA board!

Welcome Morgan State University, IA's newest consortium member! The campus representative is Dr. Randy Rowel, associate professor, Department of Behavioral Health Sciences, and director, Why Culture Matters Disaster Studies Project. Rowel researches the cultural implications of public health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.

Recently Published Books Featuring IA Staff & Board Members:

  • Confronting Ecological Crisis in Appalachia and the South: University and Community Partnerships includes a foreword by IA’s Scott Peters. Edited by Stephanie McSpirit, Lynne Faltraco, and Conner Bailey, the book describes “stories of unlikely unions between faculty, students, and Appalachian communities in which both sides learn from one another and, most importantly, form a unique alliance in the fight against corporate control.”
  • Collaborative Futures: Critical Reflections on Publicly Active Graduate Education includes a foreword by IA’s Kevin Bott, and chapters by IA’s Tim Eatman, George Sanchez, Sylvia Gale, and Jan Cohen-Cruz. Edited byAmanda Gilvin, Georgia M. Roberts, and Craig Martin, and published by The Graduate School Press of Syracuse University, the book “powerfully indicates both the need and the means to change institutional cultures and forge a publicly active path for graduate education.”

IA’s Kevin Bott to visit to Auburn University on August 30th. Bott, IA associate director, will dialogue with faculty through Auburn’s Community and Civic Engagement program in the College of Liberal Arts. He will speak about the many IA programs that support publicly engaged faculty, as well as his own scholarly and creative praxis concerned with creating new theatrical forms with communities about social issues. More info:


Access last week’s announcement about the appointments of Tim Eatman and Scott Peters as IA co-directors.


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