The People’s State of the Union is the first in a series of reimagined American holidays, developed by the USDAC and partners, intended to spur community dialogue in the service of justice and democracy through new, participatory civic rituals. Using a simple method called “story circles,” more than 150 individuals and organizations will reflect on the previous year through the following prompts:
- Tell a story about a moment you felt true belonging—or the opposite—in this country or in your community
- Describe an experience that showed you something new or important about the state of our union
- Share about a time you stood together with people in your community
A diverse group of poets from across the U.S. will co-create the 2015 Poetic Address to the Nation, to be performed and broadcast live on February 1, 2015. Stories may be submitted between January 23-30, 2015.
The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research’s Pilot Grant Program offers the Community University Research (CURES) Partnership Award to provide funding support for pilot or feasibility studies that address community-identified health priorities and translation of findings to interventions, strategies, and policies that improve health. The request for proposals for this grant opportunity will be released at the end of January, with proposals due in mid-March. Academic and community partners who want to learn more about the CURES application and review processes are invited to participate in an informational webinar on Friday, January 30 from Noon – 1 p.m. Register for the webinar by 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 29.
The Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education is accepting papers for the volume 5, 2015 publication. The journal showcases new disciplinary knowledge and pedagogical practice generated when faculty engage with external communities. The publication aims to stimulate dialogue regarding how community engagement affects the nature and scope of faculty work and, in doing so, transforms disciplines and institutions. Papers should be between 15-20 pages and follow the format specified by JPSHE. Further questions may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to submit papers is February 1, 2015.