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Monday, October 9 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
It’s Not About 'Us': Express Newark Prioritizing the Public Good (60 mins)

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Publicly engaged scholarship demands new ways of working within and without the academy.

Systems within the university reward faculty for individual achievements. This approach militates against working on collaborative projects because of the difficulty of explaining and quantifying one’s contribution. The culture of academia further inhibits potential collaborations and undermines even the most altruistic faculty, who are socialized to devalue the experiential, place-based knowledge of a community partner and encouraged to adopt a self-concept as “the” authority.

But if universities are to honor their commitment to the public good, the public must be prioritized in the academic value system, which ought to encourage new modes of thinking that recognize the legitimacy of the expertise of community partners and place value on collaboration with them.

From the community perspective, there is often a lack of models for successful collaboration, with engagement by universities more often than not taking the form of exercising eminent domain or parachuting in to “fix” a problem and then abandoning the community. Community members carry with them skepticism that the university’s only use is as a source of hand-outs rather than a source of the kind of agency afforded by true collaboration.

On this panel we will examine the question: What role can university leaders play in supporting faculty who are interested in publicly engaged scholarship and in building trusting relationships with community members?


Victor Davson

Co-Director, Express Newark, Rutgers University-Newark
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Anne Englot

Co-Director; Professor of Practice, Express Newark/Rutgers University - Newark
I'm the Co-Director of Express Newark, a university - community arts space in Newark, NJ that is a call the city of Newark to express themselves! Go visit our webpage and ask me about the amazing spaces and places, events and exhibitions, as well as the artists, designers and community... Read More →
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Chantal Fischzang

Assistant Professor, Rutgers University-Newark
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Tamara Fleming

Photographer & Creative Director, Rutgers University-Newark

Nick Kline

Associate Professor, Rutgers University-Newark

Monday October 9, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT
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