UW Bothell Co-Sponsors 11th Annual Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life Conference


Wednesday, October 15, 2010
CONTACT: Richard Penny - (425) 352-3995 pennyr2@uw.edu
BOTHELL, Wash. – This past September, the University of Washington Bothell co-sponsored the 11th annual conference of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA). 

IA, founded in 1999, is a national consortium of universities leading the efforts to transform higher education by advocating for public and community-engaged scholarship in art, humanities and design.

UW Bothell faculty, staff and students were involved in the conference as participants on panels and roundtables, planners of regional site visits, and as organizers for the conference as a whole.  Additionally, UW Bothell Chancellor Kenyon Chan moderated the opening plenary on transforming higher education through engagement.

UW Bothell’s Dr. Bruce Burgett, Director and Professor in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program, currently serves as the Vice Chair of the IA National Advisory Board and was the co-chair of the 2010 conference steering committee.

Says Dr. Burgett, “We were excited to co-sponsor the conference because IA and UW Bothell share a mission of transforming higher education in ways that make global institutions responsive to local needs.”

One of the site visits included in the conference involved the UW Bothell  wetlands restoration project. Visitors explored how, natural and not so natural, campus environments might generate productive campus-community collaboration and foster innovations in research and teaching in the environmental arts and humanities.

UW Bothell looks forward to a continued partnership with IA through future conferences and academic research opportunities.

For more information on the conference including workshops held, please visit the IA website: http://www.imaginingamerica.org/index.html.
About Imagining America: Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life is a consortium of colleges and universities that supports public scholarship and practice. Imagining America’s mission is to strengthen the public role and democratic purposes of the humanities, arts, and design. To learn more, visit their website: http://www.imaginingamerica.org.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. During the 2010-11 academic year, UW Bothell will debut a Bachelor of Science in Biology. It will also launch its Bachelor of Science in Nursing at a new Everett location (University Center of North Puget Sound) and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at its Bellevue-based Eastside Leadership Center.

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