News and Upcoming Events

Community Change Collaborative (CCC) Meetings are held most Thursdays at 11 a.m. in the Graduate Life Center, Room C.
The CCC is an interdisciplinary graduate student group hosted by the VT Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG). We explore the frameworks of scholars and practitioners working in community development through a Forum speaker series, community-based research projects, and the graduate student-run Community Change journal. For more information, please contact Heather Parrish, IPG Executive Assistant and Media Support (parrish1@vt.edu).

Community Change journal: Call for submissions focused on environmental topics: Issues feature scholarly refereed articles, book reviews, essays, and other work, including multimedia and artwork. Interdisciplinary scholarship is strongly encouraged. In addition to manuscripts relating to new developments, we welcome submissions that re-examine or challenge the questions and assumptions underpinning current theoretical and practical approaches to community development and change. Community Change will also feature shorter scholarly works that address guest speakers’ lectures, interviews, and roundtable events. The journal is currently looking for graduate students interested in editorial or peer review positions. Please contact communitychange@vt.edu for more information.

CCC Upcoming Events:

Friday, Nov. 9th: CCC Film Series, “Stranger With a Camera” (2000)
“In the coal-mining heart of Appalachia’s “poverty belt,” where residents have felt alternately aided and assaulted by media exposure, the 1967 murder of filmmaker Hugh O’Connor still stirs strong community feelings. O’Connor was in the area during the War on Poverty gathering images for a film and was killed by landowner Hobart Ison. Barret turns the story of this tragic confrontation into an interrogation of the media itself and its relationship to public knowledge and private dignity as well as a meditation on Appalachia’s place in the American imagination.”
4-6 p.m., GLC, Room A

Thursday, Nov. 15th: CCC Forum with Professor Emily Satterwhite, Dept. of Religion and Culture
Podcast interview and Q&A focused on race, identity, and environmental justice in Appalachia, as well as Prof. Satterwhite’s research in audience and horror studies.
11 a.m., GLC, Room C

SAVE THE DATE!
Thursday, Jan. 24th, 2019: CCC Forum with Theresa Williamson, Ph.D. City and Regional Planning, Executive Director of Catalytic Communities and RioOnWatch in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Join us the first week of second semester for a documentary showing and roundtable discussion, podcast interview, and public lecture featuring Dr. Williamson’s work. Catalytic Communities and RioOnWatch raise awareness and improve quality of life in Rio’s favelas through community organizing and comprehensive reporting. Favelas are informal dwellings that arise due to a need for affordable housing, and though they often lack full public services, they are vibrant and adaptable urban spaces housing nearly 1.5 million people in Rio.
All events in the Graduate Life Center, Room F:
1:30 p.m., Documentary & Roundtable Discussion
2:30 p.m., Podcast Interview
4:30 p.m., Lecture: “Realizing Favelas As a Sustainable Model via Insurgent Planning: Rethinking Our Assumptions in Sustainable Development”
This event made possible with generous support from the Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series and the Institute for Policy and Governance.

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IPG Announces the “Community Change Collaborative (CCC)”

The Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG) is restructuring its existing Community Voices, Trustees Without Borders, Community Change Journal and community-based research programs into one overarching initiative, which will now be called the Community Change Collaborative (CCC – does this acronym ring a bell?).  While still an evolving concept, the CCC aims to unite theory and praxis through projects, research, education and forums focused on community engagement, change and development issues.

The Institute’s participation in the Vibrant Virginia initiative is closely aligned with its choice to rethink the organization of its community change efforts. Vibrant Virginia is a “a unique partnership between Virginia Tech’s Office of Outreach and International Affairs, Virginia Cooperative Extension, the College Access Collaborative, the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), and the Policy Strategic Growth Area (SGA)” aimed at connecting Virginia Tech researchers and development practitioners serving the Commonwealth (https://econdev.vt.edu/vibrantvirginia.html).  The initiative highlights applied research, policy analysis, and community engagement projects.

Along with the Community Voices speaker series, the Trustees Without Borders podcasts, and the graduate student-managed Community Change Journal, the CCC will host a bi-monthly forum featuring the work and methods of a range of faculty and practitioners focused on community change.  In addition, the CCC will focus on:

  • tailoring research, facilitation, and workshops for community development efforts in partnering Virginia towns;
  • conducting ethnographic field tours exploring ways of knowing places within Virginia and neighboring states; and
  • sharing and reflecting on those experiences to inform future research, community projects, and the development of relevant interdisciplinary curricula.

The CCC will hold planning meetings monthly during the coming academic year; interested graduate students and faculty from any discipline are invited to collaborate on community development projects in Virginia, to explore theories, methods and approaches to community change, and to share lessons learned from past programs and experiences.  For more information, please contact IPG Director, Dr. Max Stephenson, mstephen@vt.edu.

 

 

William Cleveland- April 19

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William Cleveland, a pioneer in the community arts movement and one of its most poetic documenters. His books Art in Other Places: Artists at Work in America’s Community and Social Institutions, Making Exact Change, and Art and Upheaval: Artists on the World’s Frontlines are considered seminal works in the field of arts-based community development. Activist, teacher, lecturer, and musician, he also directs the Center for the Study of Art & Community.

In Collaboration with:

The Art and Community Series

School of Performing Arts

Amy Goldstein- February 19

Washington DCAward-winning Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein spent years getting to know Janesville, Wisconsin, where the nation’s oldest operating General Motors plant shut down in 2008, in the midst of the Great Recession. She wove the stories of the small city and its people together in Janesville: An American Story.
Goldstein will discuss her book and the lessons it offers about economic pain and community resilience at three Community Voices events on Monday, February 19.

Janesville: An American Story

Monday, February 19

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  1. Lunch-time interactive roundtable discussion at 12 p.m, Room F of the Graduate Life Center (GLC). Snacks will be provided.
  2. Public interview session at 2 p.m, Room F of the GLC.
  3. Reflections on Janesville: An American Story, in Colonial Hall in Squires Student Center at 7 p.m.

Goldstein will be available to sign books after the event. All events are free and open to university students, faculty, staff and administrators, and to the general public.

 

 

Keryl McCord- February 15

Keryl McCord is President and CEO of Equity Quotient (EQ), a national consulting firm dedicated to transforming the arts through the lens of erasing racism to achieve cultural equity.  Ms. McCord founded EQ after more than thirty years in the arts with organizations such as Alternate ROOTS, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the African Grove Institute for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. McCord recently retired as Director of Operations from Alternate ROOTS.

With Baldwin at my Back: Artists and Grassroots Communities

Thursday, February 15, 2018

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12:00-1:00 PM Roundtable Discussion

Graduate Life Center, Room B (Lunch Available at 11:45 for $5 at the door)

4:00-5:30 PM Presentation

Theatre 101, College Ave.

In Collaboration with:

The Art and Community Series

School of Performing Arts

 

CAROLYN ZELIKOW & BRAD STEPHENS- November 6th

CAROLYN ZELIKOW-  Associate Director of National Programs, The Aspen Institute; Founder of the Hometown Summit, TomTom Founders Festival.

BRAD STEPHENS- Director of the CoLab; Lead Planner of CityWorks (X)po in Roanoke, VA.

Carolyn and Brad will be exploring the dynamics of civic and business entrepreneurship and community change processes. For accessing the recordings of this event please click here.

 

Amy Brooks- October 30th

BrooksHeadshotLgAmy Brooks is the Program Director and Dramaturg for Roadside Theater, the theater wing of Appalachian grassroots arts and media center Appalshop.  A 5th-generation West Virginian who returned to Appalachia just before the 2016 election cycle, Amy investigates the confluence of dramatic narrative (“What is the story we choose to tell onstage?”) and public narrative (“What is the story we are called upon to tell about ourselves, our community, and our future?”) in intercultural rural-urban performance.

For the recordings of this event please click here.

IPG Announces the “Community Change Collaborative (CCC)”

The Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG) is restructuring its existing Community Voices, Trustees Without Borders, Community Change Journal and community-based research programs into one overarching initiative, which will now be called the Community Change Collaborative (CCC – does this acronym ring a bell?).  While still an evolving concept, the CCC aims to unite theory and praxis through projects, research, education and forums focused on community engagement, change and development issues.

The Institute’s participation in the Vibrant Virginia initiative is closely aligned with its choice to rethink the organization of its community change efforts. Vibrant Virginia is a “a unique partnership between Virginia Tech’s Office of Outreach and International Affairs, Virginia Cooperative Extension, the College Access Collaborative, the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), and the Policy Strategic Growth Area (SGA)” aimed at connecting Virginia Tech researchers and development practitioners serving the Commonwealth (https://econdev.vt.edu/vibrantvirginia.html).  The initiative highlights applied research, policy analysis, and community engagement projects.

Along with the Community Voices speaker series, the Trustees Without Borders podcasts, and the graduate student-managed Community Change Journal, the CCC will host a bi-monthly forum featuring the work and methods of a range of faculty and practitioners focused on community change.  In addition, the CCC will focus on:

  • tailoring research, facilitation, and workshops for community development efforts in partnering Virginia towns;
  • conducting ethnographic field tours exploring ways of knowing places within Virginia and neighboring states; and
  • sharing and reflecting on those experiences to inform future research, community projects, and the development of relevant interdisciplinary curricula.

The CCC will hold planning meetings monthly during the coming academic year; interested graduate students and faculty from any discipline are invited to collaborate on community development projects in Virginia, to explore theories, methods and approaches to community change, and to share lessons learned from past programs and experiences.  For more information, please contact IPG Director, Dr. Max Stephenson, mstephen@vt.edu.