Social consciousness raising with local and global twists is at the center of the Second Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies and Community Engagement Symposium taking place this weekend.
Appropriately enough, the two-day event kicks off Friday evening at the RedLine, a contemporary urban arts center that is active in community outreach programming in Denver. The theme of this year’s symposium, which is sponsored by the Master of Humanities/Master of Social Sciences programs, is “Creativity as a Tool for Social Progress.”
“It’s going to be a pretty dynamic evening,” said Margaret Woodhull, PhD, director of Humanities. “It’s geared to the graduate students in our program doing interdisciplinary work whose studies are focused on how to bring together ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries.”
While it’s geared to MH/MSS students, the Friday evening program is open to anyone in the University of Colorado Denver community, particularly graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe St., and programming beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Events include PJ D’Amico, RedLine executive director, discussing the art of the Occupy movement with Omar Swartz, PhD, director of Social Sciences; Woodhull talking with RedLine alumna Rori Knudtson who started an urban revitalization program in Copenhagen; and RedLine artists and performance artists.
On Saturday, the symposium will offer a series of workshops for graduate students. The 90-minute sessions will take place at The Plaza Building on the Auraria Campus, beginning with a block of workshops at 10 a.m. and another at 1 p.m.