Public Scholarship, Community Engagement Practice, and Sustainability Colloquium

Posted by Pennsylvania State University on October 12, 2015

Public Scholarship, Community Engagement Practice, and Sustainability Colloquium

The Penn State Center, 675 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 30-31.

Sponsored by The Pennsylvania State University and PA Campus Compact

Penn State University and PA Campus Compact are pleased to announce a colloquium to feature research that highlights the intersection of civic engagement issues, community engagement practice, and sustainability. The colloquium will serve as a vehicle to share experiences in public scholarship across campuses and organizations. As we define it, Public Scholarship is a particular variety of action research and community-based research. It is creative intellectual work that is conducted in public, with and for particular groups of citizens…Scholars who practice public scholarship seek to advance the academy’s teaching and research missions in ways that hold both academic and public value.* Moreover, we hold a view of sustainability in a way consistent with our University’s strategic plan: “the simultaneous pursuit of human health & happiness, environmental quality, and economic well-being for current and future generations.”

Among the thematic issues the colloquium seeks to explore are those relating to civic participation and non-participation, sustainability, social justice, storytelling and dialogue, and power. Of equal interest are narratives of practice, stories from the field that highlight democratic engagement initiatives and projects in such areas as, but not restricted to,

  • community economic development and empowerment
  • housing
  • community health and nutrition
  • educational partnerships and reform.

*Peters, Scott J., Jordan, Nicholas R., Margaret, Alter, Theodore J.,(EDs.). (2005). Engaging Campus and Community: The Practice of Public Scholarship in the State and Land-Grant University System (p.14). Dayton, Ohio: The Charles F. Kettering Foundation Press.

The colloquium is free of charge, but participants, including presenters, must register.

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