Public Art as a Form of Activism (Tulane)

5 p.m. CST | 6p.m. EST | RSVP Here

Brandan “BMike” Odums is a New Orleans-based visual artist who, through exhibitions, public programs, and public art works, is engaged in a transnational dialogue about the intersection of art and resistance. From film to murals to installations, Odums’ work encapsulates the political fervor of a generation of Black American activists who came of age amidst the tenure of the nation’s first Black president, the resurgence of popular interest in law enforcement violence, and the emergence of the self-care movement. Most often working with spray paint, Odums paints brightly-colored, wall-sized murals that depict historical figures, contemporary creatives, and everyday people. In his otherwise figurative work, Odums departs from realism to play with color – blending lavender to paint the skin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King and robin’s egg blue for Harriet Tubman, for instance – suggesting an ethos of boldness that unites the subjects of his work and surpasses race, time, or any other aspect of physical reality. Join us for conversation with BMike and Fredrick “Wood” Delahoussaye, the Artistic Director at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center of New Orleans, as we explore the use of Public Art in all spaces.

Hosted by Tulane University’s Center for Public Service

CPW Public Service Expo

6:00 – 8:30 PM ET

More details coming soon!

DUSP-PKG Fellowships Application Deadline

Applications are due by noon on April 15th.

If you are a DUSP student in the process of lining up a summer internship or looking for funding to support efforts on a project, consider applying to the DUSP-PKG Fellowship program. Click here for more information!

History Revoiced: Opening the Classroom to Stories that Change Our World (UC-Berkeley)

3 p.m. PT | 6 p.m. EST | RSVP Here

The genocide that happened to Native peoples in California has been conclusively documented. But we have barely begun to confront its cultural, historical, and emotional impact.The University of California, Berkeley, sits on indigenous land and still holds over 10,000 unrepatriated ancestors. In the wake of this unacknowledged genocide in which higher education has been complicit, how can university classrooms and students grapple with this legacy? Can classrooms truly partner with native communities and educators to imagine new institutional spaces and ways of learning? This multi-year partnership between a Berkeley class and Tribal leaders from the Eastern Sierra’s Payahuunadü (renamed the Owens Valley) asks these questions.

Hosted by the University of California, Berkeley’s Public Service Center

Beyond the Dream (University of San Francisco)

1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. EST | RSVP Here

In this session, we will explore how activists of the past and conscientious rappers of today used their words to encourage action. Dr. King talked about his dream, Langston Hughes wrote about a dream deferred. What does that mean today? How do the lyrics of Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar unite, encourage or motivate? Participants will consider how poetry and music can bring us together in conversations and help develop an action plan to address challenges in community.

Hosted by the University of San Francisco’s McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good

Change with The Trenton Circus Squad (Princeton)

3 p.m. PT | 6 p.m. EST | RSVP Here

The Trenton Circus Squad is a youth centered and led circus arts and community engagement organization founded and running in New Jersey’s capital city of Trenton. Trenton’s rich history and vibrant community is showcased through the youth who make up the Squad, the community they build, and neighbors they coach. During the summer of 2020, the Squad researched and created a show and community discussions called Change, inspired by social issues they care about like police brutality, COVID-19, and sexual harassment. Join us while we introduce you to Trenton, screen the show’s film, and discuss these issues and community based solutions.

Hosted by Princeton University’s Pace Center for Civic Engagement

Climate Change in Boston: Social Determinants, Equity, and Action (MIT)

3 p.m. PT | 6 p.m. EST | RSVP Here

Join us for a Climate Interactive Simulation that considers the social determinants of climate change, equity, and action options. Following the simulation, we’ll meet with Climate Ready Boston to consider who is most vulnerable to Climate Change in Boston, as well as learn about local organizations working toward equity and effective community preparation. We’ll also brainstorm personal methods of making a difference and point to efforts across MIT and beyond.

Hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center

Closing Reflection

3 p.m. PT | 6 p.m. EST | RSVP Here

Journeys Toward Justice is a multi-college collaboration spotlighting changemakers across the country who are driving justice and equity forward. The goal is to connect students, partners, and communities with one another and help us all understand the local and historical contexts of universal social justice issues and the work communities are doing. This series of immersive events will take place during March and April and offer the chance to learn and engage around social issues near and far.

IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge Awards

Join us for the IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge Awards on Sunday, April 25 from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Eastern Time to celebrate the work of our inspiring student social innovators and entrepreneurs, and to hear which teams will be awarded to advance their efforts!

Click here to register!