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Imagining America News: ADP & TDC Conference, Student Organizing, Job Opportunity, and More

Reminder: This Friday, June 1, is the deadline to apply for the PAGE Fellowship. It is also the deadline for students in Central New York to apply for IA’s “From Story to Screen” Video Contest.

 

ADP & TDC Conference, June 7-9: The joint American Democracy Project (ADP) and The Democracy Commitment (TDC) conference will take place Thursday through Saturday, June 7-9, in San Antonio, Texas, on the theme, “Civic Engagement 2.0: Re-Imagining, Strengthening and Deepening Our Civic Work.” See the IA Blog for some session highlights that may be of interest to the IA network.

 

Student Organizing – SU, ACP, and More: IA’s Tim Eatman and Jamie Haft blog on the Youth Summit Hosted by Syracuse University and White House, highlighting student voices and the societal issues of which young people are concerned. The piece is included in the American Commonwealth Partnership’s May newsletter dedicated to student organizing; read the issue here [PDF].

 

Job Opportunity at The New School: The New School’s Office of Civic Engagement & Social Justice at Eugene Lang College is hiring a new position, a Program Coordinator of Civic Engagement and Social Justice. This is a 12 month, full-time post-baccalaureate fellowship for one recent graduate from an engaged college/university who demonstrates strong experience, interest, and academic preparation in one or all of the following areas: (1) civic engagement pedagogy in the context of higher education, (2) social justice activism, and/or (3) student leadership development.

 

Higher Ed Rankings that Miss Humanities, Arts, and Design: On the IA Blog we are inviting comments in response to Universitas 21’s recently released global rankings of higher education systems by country. We ask: What’s at stake when such rankings miss capturing the impact and importance of the humanities, arts, and design in higher education and in the world? Please comment here.

 

Global Communiqué on Sustainability, Knowledge, and Democracy: The “Big Tent” Group of regional and global networks of civil society and higher education networks with a membership of over 5,000 universities and research organizations recently released their communiqué [PDF]. It was prepared to inform conversations at convenings including, but not limited to, the United Nations Rio + 20 events, the Higher Education Treaty Circle process, and the Horizon 2020 program in Europe. It states: “Universities have a responsibility to look after the well-being of the planet, not as stand-alone beacons of knowledge, but as places where wisdom of communities, eco-systems, and the academy work together in partnerships for a world that is more sustainable and just.”

 

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