Imagining America 2011

Building Full Participation at the Intersection of Public Scholarship and Diversity

The Center is co-leading a workshop at the Imagining America national conference on September 23-25. This session will help shape Imagining America’s new research initiative, developed in collaboration with Syracuse University and the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School. The research is being undertaken to understand and cultivate the relationship between diversity/inclusion and civic engagement/public scholarship.

Imagining 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.

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.