How can scholars located in the academy make their skills and work relevant to the broader community? This question is a big one for many scholars in the humanities, particularly in my field, history. It is also a particularly relevant question for historians in my major fields of interest, African American history and women’s/gender history. […]
Frank Romo and Trish Koman are collaborators on the Michigan Environmental Mapping Tool, one of five projects supported by the 2015 Arts of Citizenship Grants in Public Scholarship. Frank recently sent us this update. This week we started phase two of our Michigan environmental mapping project. In phase one we researched which communities were most […]
Nick is a second year sociocultural anthropology student researching what happens to vacant and abandoned buildings in Detroit. He asserts, “I want to know what happens when people take them apart; the lives of the scrappers and recyclers involved, how things make their way in the world when a building dies. I want to understand […]
Laura Amtower’s MFA thesis project lies at the nexus of child-centered design, participatory research and curriculum development. Working with students at Ann Arbor S.T.E.A.M. School and their art and design teacher Rachael Van Dyke, Laura recently spearheaded a major, year-long student-led design project: the redesign of the school’s playground. Continue reading at the Stamps School […]
Right now, food is a sexy subject. Everything along the supply chain of our own consumption is being discussed. Matters include what we eat, where the food came from, how it’sgrown, and who is processing it. My fellowship with FoodLab Detroit made me realize that the hot topic of sustainable food is not just a […]
Rackham’s Arts of Citizenship Institute for Social Change constitutes a multidisciplinary venue for exploring the conceptual and practical dimensions of public scholarship. The Institute provides socially motivated graduate students an opportunity to raise questions and to discuss possibilities in the context of community-centered research, pedagogy, and practice. I see my doctoral work and my involvement […]
Movie projectors, dolls, trophies, old hair salon equipment, and a huge “Health Aids Center” display: just a snapshot of the odds and ends that Greg Kowalski, chairman of the Hamtramck Historical Association, pointed out as he snuck our intrepid group of four to the dusty and unsorted upstairs archives. As we discussed the logistics of […]
In my last blog post I described the process leading up to a decision to repair and renovate the lower level of a house located at 3501 Stone Street Road. The purpose of this Arts of Citizenship-funded project is to increase available space for weekly Camp Take Notice (CTN) meetings serving the local homeless community […]
Arts of Citizenship is now accepting applications for the 2014 Institute for Social Change, a hands-on seminar for Rackham students who wish to explore the practical and conceptual dimensions of public scholarship, engaged pedagogy, and community-based research through site visits, hands-on activities, panel discussions, structured reflection, and personalized feedback.
U-M doctoral student and 2012 Arts of Citizenship grantee, Joe Cialdella, summarizes the recent workshop on syllabus design for engaged courses led by the Student Leadership Committee.