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UPCOMING EVENTS & PRODUCTIONS:

March 30, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m: ON SEXUAL ASSAULT in the MILITARY. Comm Building, Room 1032.   

Screening selected portions of The Invisible War (2012) followed by panel & open discussions.

APRIL 3, 4:00 -6:00 pm: INDEPENDENT LIVING. Civic Soul Recording Session. Comm Bulding, Studio A.

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Civic Dialogues  - Spring 2015 CIVIC SOUL series:               

4 community recording - events organized by Imagining Geographies:

Feb. 27   Save the Levees, Save the Future!   Advancing Citizen Engagement. 

Shawnee High School, Wolf Lake, 4 – 6 PM.

Discussion of policy changes & action options in regard to deteriorating levees.

April 3   Independent Living. 

Studio A, Comm Building, SIU campus; 4 - 6 PM.

Actions needed to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities living independently in Carbondale.

            Informative Resources

April 17  What’s Holding up the Cache Flow?

Studio A, Comm Building, SIU campus; 4 - 6 PM.

Issues and proposals in regional stalemate regarding efforts to advance restoration of Cache River Watershed, Illinois’s most complex, dynamic river.

            Informative Resources

Date  TBD     Civic Justice. 

Studio A, Comm Building, SIU campus; 4 - 6 PM.

Efforts to advance community relations, positive citizen interactions with public safety officials, as well as citizen involvement in initiatives and decisions made by schools, city government representatives, and staff.  

            Informative Resources 

SPRING 2015

Civic Dialogues: 4 community meetings organized by Imagining Geographies:

Feb. 27    Save the Levees, Save the Future!   Advancing Citizen Engagement.         Shawnee High School, Wolf Lake, 4 – 6 PM*

Mar. 20    Independent Living. Studio A, Comm Building, SIU campus; 4 - 6 PM.

Discussion of needs of persons with disabilities living independently in Carbondale, a town reputed to be among the most accommodating and hospitable to persons with disabilities.

Apr. 03     What’s Holding up the Cache Flow? Shawnee Community College. 4 - 6 PM

Issues and proposals in regional stalemate regarding efforts to advance restoration of Cache River Watershed, Illinois’s most complex, dynamic river.

Apr. 17     Civic Justice. Studio A, Comm Building, SIU campus; 4 - 6 PM.

Efforts to advance community relations, positive citizen interactions with public safety officials, as well as citizen involvement in initiatives and decisions made by schools, city government representatives, and staff.  


*Save the Levees, Save the Future !

Friday, February 27, 2015  ~  Shawnee High School, Wolf Lake, Illinois

A Recorded Session from 4:00 – 6:00 PM ~ Seating from 3:45 PM ~ Doors close at 4:00 PM 

PROGRAM          Host: Sean McGahan

  • Premier Screening – Save the Levees, Save the Future ! A joint video production by the faculty, staff, and students of Shawnee High School and SIU’s Civic Soul team.
  • Open Discussion - Audience Participants and Discussants Advancing Citizen Engagement involving Climatic, Economic & Environmental Risks.

            Discussants: John Jackson (Professor, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, SIU)

                                 Jamie Nash-Mayberry (Social Science Educator, Shawnee High School)

                                 Nicholas Pinter (Professor, Department of Geology, SIU)

            Facilitator:    Silvia Secchi (Associate Professor, SIU Department of Geography)

                               Sean McGahan (Carbondale)


FALL 2014

Citizens' Visions of Carbondale - Video 

Citizens' Visions of Carbondale - Research Report 

Citizens Share Visions of Downtown Carbondale - Blog

 

OUR MISSION

Imagining Geographies is a College of Mass Communication & Media Arts led, university and region-wide civic initiative dedicated to advancing research, discussion, and multiple forms of artistic expression related to space, place, culture, identity, and related themes.

Domains IG Activity:  

  • Civic Soul broadcasts and Sharing Knowledge publications
  • Experiencing Environs
  • Sustainability & Environmental Science, Policy, & Communication
  • Southern Illinois Arts
  • Voices of Southern Illinois





IG'S HISTORY IN BRIEF

Imagining Geographies started in Spring 2012 with a rich program that explored a wide range of topics and issues related to the continent of Antarctica. Since Spring 2013 and for the foreseeable future, Imagining Geographies is advancing a series of regional projects entitled Land, Lives, and Arts of Southern Illinois.

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IG PROGRAMS TO DATE

2012 Antarctica

2013 Land, Lives, and Arts of Southern Illinois

2014 Land, Lives, and Arts of Southern Illinois: Focus on environmental justice & community rights.

2015 Land, Lives, and Arts of Southern Illinois: Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Planning (October 2014); Symposium - Race, Policing, Justice and the Media (October 2015); Social Vulnerability Research (Spring - Summer 2015); 'Civic Soul' - a multi-platform media series produced with WSIU - is in production for broadcast in April 2015.




SIU PARTNERS

University-wide: Office of the President - Office of the Chancellor - Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research - Daily EgyptianGraduate & 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.



REGIONAL PARTNERS

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

Laurie Achenbach (Dean, College of Science; faculty, Microbiology), Angela Aguayo (faculty, Cinema & Photography), Craig Anz (faculty, Architecture), Roberto Barrios (faculty, Anthropology), Karla Berry (Director, Center for Teaching Excellence; faculty, Radio, TV & Digital Media), Marie Bukowski (Director, School of Art & Design), Jennida Chase (faculty, Cinema & Photography), Jessica Crowe (faculty, Sociology), Tracy Fidler (Shawnee Resource Conservation & Development), Jonathan Gray (faculty, Communication Studies), Sarah Heyer (Director, Keep Carbondale Beautiful), Larry Hickman (Director, Center for Dewey Studies; faculty, Philosophy), Scott Ishman (Assoc. Dean, College of Science; faculty, Geology), Gary Kolb (President, Carbondale Community Arts; faculty [Emeritus], Cinema & Photography), Jay Needham (Director, Global Media Research Center; faculty, Radio, Television, & Digital Media), Justin Schoof (Chair & faculty, Geography), Silvia Secchi (Co-Director, Environmental Resources & Policy; faculty, Geography), Nick Smaligo (Doctoral student, Philosophy), Virginia Tilley (Chair and faculty, Political Science), Sustainability Council representative.

Ex Officio members: Jim Allen (Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; faculty, History); Jim Garvey (Interim Vice-Chancellor for Research; faculty, Zoology); Dafna Lemish (Dean, College of Mass Communications & Media Arts; faculty, Radio, Television, & Digital Media).



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