MONDAY Lunch Talk — Living in the Versus: Intentionality and Boundary Crossing in a Community-University Partnership

Monday, April 21, 2014
12 noon - 1 pm
Genrich-Rusling Room, LeChase 215

Community activists and researchers of social justice have long recognized the value of dialogic and grassroots approaches to work on and with communities-transition. Community-university partnerships increasingly attempt to build authentic working relationships that foster dialogue toward sustainable social change.

Achieving dialogue across cultures and discourses presents challenges that are rarely examined in practice or research. As a team of community and university researchers working for two years on a community change initiative, we share how we are intentionally crossing traditional disciplinary and cultural boundaries. From our iterative analysis of field notes and team meeting transcripts, we claim that recognizing contrary discourses is necessary for authentic engagement, and that spaces can be intentionally constructed at the edges of multiple communities. Adopting the concepts of dissensus and dialogical boundary crossing, we make this work explicit to encourage others to embrace work at the boundaries, to recognize its potential for transformation and sustainable change.

Presented by:
Joyce Duckles - Assistant Professor in Human Development
Courtney Hanny - Doctoral Candidate in Teaching and Curriculum
Eric Meyer - Master's Student in Human Development
Joel Gallegos Greenwich - Doctoral Student in Human Development
George H. Moses - Executive Director North East Area Development (NEAD)
Robert C. Moses - Commercial Development Director NEAD
Jeremy S. Smith  - Community Development Director NEAD

Based on a paper presentation at the 26th annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV, in February 2014.

Light lunch served. No reservation required.

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