Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life
Syracuse University

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Timothy Eatman University Professor


Scott Peters

Assistant Director

Robin Higgins

Associate Director

Kevin Bott


Imagining America is a national consortium of colleges and universities committed to public scholarship in the arts, humanities, and design. Public scholarship joins serious intellectual endeavor with a commitment to public practice and public consequence. It includes: scholarly and creative work jointly planned and carried out by university and community partners; ntellectual work that produces a public good; artistic, critical, and historical work that contributes to public debates; efforts to expand the place of public scholarship in higher education itself, including the development of new programs and research on the successes of such efforts.

Public scholarship in the arts and humanities integrates all the missions of higher education: research, teaching, service, and public engagement. Current projects include the Tenure Team Initiative on Public Scholarship, the Curriculum Project, and Publicly Active Graduate Education.