Making Place, Making Space: Cultivating a Sense of Civic Imagination Through the Arts


Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 2:00pm to 3:00pm


Recording now Available

The recording of this event is now available on our Youtube Channel.


Join Raquel Jimenez, a PhD candidate in Human Development, Learning, and Teaching in a presentation and discussion of two years of sociological and ethnographic data exploring how young people extend their sense of cultural agency through the arts.

Abstract: In the United States and beyond, patterns of migration and displacement amidst conflict and economic uncertainty have been accompanied by the rise of nationalist sentiments and hate-filled rhetoric. These forces have brought issues of belonging and inclusion to the fore of public debates, and borders now represent a hypervisible aspect of civic life. While borders may create a sense of safety for some, these same borders—whether physical, symbolic, or psychological—often marginalize others. In this context, a new sense of civic imagination is as important as ever before. This presentation for the Civic & Moral Education Initiative will draw on sociocultural traditions and ethnographic data collected over two years to explore how young people extend their sense of cultural agency through the arts. I will share findings from my study and engage participants in a discussion that considers implications for education and possibilities for supporting civic learning through arts-based cultural work.

Following Harvard IT guidance, the zoom link will be sent via email to registered participants. Please register here.