Working with People : A conference on Keywords & Contested Meanings

Working with People : A conference on Keywords & Contested Meanings

April 7, 2012, 10-3:30pm, with a reception to follow
Theresa Lang Center, Arnhold Hall, The New School, 55 W. 13th Street, NY

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When we talk about community-university collaborations, some powerful words are ill-defined; other critical words are conspicuously absent. How can wrestling with these words affect our practice?

Please join us for a one-day event at The New School focused on developing critical conversations around “civic engagement” and the pedagogy and politics of teaching “with communities.”

The day’s conversations will foster challenging collisions between different understandings of six crucial keywords—community + collaboration; politics + citizenship; and representation + human—as we consider even the most seemingly familiar terms and concepts from new perspectives and begin to build a more nuanced way of working with people.
The event also marks the launch of Buscada’s collaborative project with the Working with People team : Keywords : Working with People, an online archive of divergent definitions :
Event speakers :
Lisa Yun Lee
Director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Jeffrey Hou
Chair of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington
Ari Wohlfeiler
Activist, Critical Resistance

Hettie Jones
Poet, The New School for Public Engagement & fmr chair, PEN Prison Writing Comm.
Jack Tchen
Prof of APA Studies, NYU & co-founder of the Museum of Chinese in America
Caitlin Cahill
The Public Science Project & co-founder of the Mestizo Arts & Cultural Collective
Judy Mejia
Director of Civic Engagement & Social Justice, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Deva Woodly
Assistant Professor of Politics, The New School for Social Research
For the full schedule, please see
Conference co-organized by :
Shana Agid, Parsons The New School for Design
Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani, Eugene Lang The New School for Liberal Arts + Buscada
The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to
Sponsored by the New School University Civic Engagement Committee
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