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NOTE: This website & IG’s archival site – www.imagining.wordpress.com – are being updated. Soon we will provide access to our many video productions, Sharing Knowledge articles, and resources.
First two especially rich sections to be revised:
UPCOMING EVENTS & PRODUCTIONS:
Community Forum: Challenges of Poverty in Carbondale
IG in collaboration with Sparrow Coalition & Carbondale Public Library.
All events take place in Carbondale Public Library. Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
SPRING 2016 PROGRAM
June 21: Social Insecurity On homeless seniors
Screening of new film by veteran homeless advocate Diane Nilan, Social Insecurity, about homeless seniors, followed by discussion with her.
May 25: Poor Health: Health Consequences of Multigenerational Poverty
Discussion of local manifestations of multigenerational poverty, ground in the research conclusion that “race and socioeconomic status are among the most powerful predictors of disease, disorder, injury and mortality.”
PRESENTER/DISCUSSANTS: Angie Bailey, Community Benefits Manager, Southern Illinois Healthcare; Miriam Link-Mullison; Chief Administrator for Jackson County Health Department; and, Dhrubodhi Mukherjee, professor, School of Social Work, SIU.
April 20: Sustainability for All Species: Insights for Communal Approaches to Poverty
Taking its lead from proximity to Earth Day, this meeting of the Community Forum on Poverty will engage in reconceptualizing poverty through two questions:
PROGRAM: Screening of The Teachings of the Grass, Bioneer lecture by Native American plant biologist, Robin Kimmerer; panel with SIU researchers: Jonathan Gray (Communication Studies); Geory Kurtzhals,SIU Sustainability Coordinator; Sarah Lewison (Radio, TV & Digital Media); Karen Renzaglia (Plant Biology); Brent Ritzel. Co-facilitators: Karen Renzaglia (Plant Biology) & Peter Lemish (Journalism).
March 23: Working with Vulnerable Children, Youth & Adults in Jackson County.
Following screening excerpts from Homeless Families in America, reports from social workers–Shannon Butler & Melinda Pierson–about the challenges facing vulnerable persons in poverty in Jackson County.
SUMMER - FALL 2015 PROGRAM
June 23: Listening to the Homeless in Carbondale. SPEAKER: Josh Phillips, Ph.D. Department of Communication Studies, SIU.
September 28: Housing First Initiatives. SPEAKER: Dan Bryant, Executive Director, Opportunity Village, Eugene, Oregon.
October 27: The Budget Crisis: Fates of the Vulnerable & Regional Social Services
Imagining Geographies is a multi-year, SIU College of Mass Communication and Media Arts led, university and region-wide initiative to advance improvements in the quality of life for all living beings in our civic spaces.
Domains IG Activity:
Following initial Antarctica programming (2012), Imagining Geographies [IG] launched a multi-year focus on the land, lives, and arts of Southern Illinois. We do so through investigations and discussions of past histories and present issues that engage our imaginations in thinking about and expressing what our present-future lives might be like in this region, and we advance initiatives that seek to transform imagining into action.
2012 Antarctica: 22 campus and regional events - multi-media installation, lectures, seminars, workshops, film series, and concert with SIU and guest artists and researchers. Collectively, an inter-disciplinary opportunity for insight into a formerly imaginary space of global significance.
2014 Land, Lives, and Arts of Southern Illinois: Events with focus on environmental justice & community rights.
2015 – 2016 Land, Lives, and Arts of Southern Illinois: Civic Soul - a policy-centered, multi-platform media initiative involving research, civic dialogue programming, & media efforts on key policy issues (above) along with: Soldiers Among Us series; collaborations with Sparrow Coalition on Poverty & Homelessness.
University-wide: Office of the President - Office of the Chancellor - Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research - Daily Egyptian ~ Graduate & Professional Student Council – Morris Library - Sustainability Council & Green Fund; Student Organizations - Assn of Black Psychologists, National Assn Black Journalists, RealTalk.
Colleges & Departments:
EDUCATION & HUMAN SERVICES: Recreation & Health Education.
LIBERAL ARTS: Communication Studies, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Theater.
MASS COMMUNICATION & MEDIA ARTS: Cinema & Photography, School of Journalism, Radio, Television & Digital Media, WSIU Radio & TV, Big Muddy Film Festival, Civic Communication Collective, Daily Egyptian, Global Media Research Center.
SCHOOL OF LAW
SCIENCE: Center for Ecology, Environmental Resources & Policy Program, Geology, IGERT Doctoral Program, Physics, Zoology Graduate Student Association.
ACLU, Carbondale ~ Anna Arts Center ~ Boys & Girls Club Carbondale ~ Carbondale Community Arts ~ Carbondale Public Library ~ Carbondale Times ~ Cristaudo’s Bakery & Café, Carbondale ~ Concerned Citizens of Carbondale ~ Eurma Hayes Community Center, Carbondale ~ GAIA House, Carbondale ~ Harrisburg Public Library ~ Healthy Southern Illinois Delta Network ~ Human Relations Commission, City of Carbondale ~ Inter-faith Council Carbondale ~ Keep Carbondale Beautiful ~ LaUnica Mexican Bakery, Carbondale ~ League of Women Voters ~ Longbranch Café & Bakery, Carbondale ~ Marion Public Library ~ NAACP, Carbondale ~ Nonviolent Carbondale Coalition ~ Racial Justice Coalition, Carbondale ~ Ralph Anderson Inter-faith Dialogues ~ River 2 River Arts Association, Union Co. ~ Shawnee High School, Wolf Lake ~ Social Action Committee, Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship ~ Southern Illinois Peace Coalition ~ SPARC: Shawnee Preparedness & Response Coalition ~ Sparrow Coalition, Carbondale ~ Sustainability Commission, City of Carbondale ~ The Southern Illinosian ~ WDBX, Carbondale.
IG ADVISORY BOARD