Elyse Gordon Receives 2013-14 Imagining America PAGE Fellowship

Congratulations to CPS fellow Elyse Gordon (Geography) on receiving a PAGE fellowship to participate in the 2013 Imagining America Annual Conference and PAGE Summit!
“I am incredibly honored to be recognized as a PAGE Fellow this year,” says Gordon, whose research focuses on issues of urban inequalities, community organizations, and young people. In her scholarship at the UW, she is primarily interested in tracing the discourses and practices of empowerment programs, specifically as they relate to youth, technology and citizenship.
“I am looking forward to broadening my perspectives on community engaged work from other disciplines and institutions,” she says. “While the Simpson Center has been an incredible resource, there is a wealth of programming happening throughout the country, and I'm eager to learn, share, teach and collaborate with fellow community engaged young public scholars.”
PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) is Imagining America’s network for publicly engaged graduate students in humanities, arts, and design. PAGE enhances tools for public engagement through fostering a national, interdisciplinary community of peers and scholars and creating opportunities for collaborative knowledge production. The program’s agenda is set almost exclusively by graduate students.
Founded in 1999, Imagining America has led efforts to transform higher education by advocating for public and community-engaged scholarship in art, humanities, and design. Each year, it supports graduate students to participate in its national conference through PAGE fellowships. Fellows attend a day-long PAGE Summit that includes a seminar and analysis of public scholarship literature, conversations and activities for building the language and practical skills of engaged scholarship, and workshops for sharing and receiving feedback about research and creative practice. Fellows also participate in conference sessions and meet with senior scholars and veteran practitioners for individual mentorship.
UW graduate students have received more PAGE fellowships than any other institution nationally. Seventeen UW scholars have been awarded the fellowships, out of 133 which have been distributed since the program began in 2004. All UW recipients have been connected with the Institute on the Public Humanities, the Certificate in Public Scholarship, or the Masters of Arts in Cultural Studies at the University of Washington Bothell—programs that the Simpson Center has developed or supported.
In addition to Gordon, other UW recipients have included:
Kaelyn Caldwell (Cultural Studies, UW Bothell), 2012 Eleanor Mahoney (History), 2012 Irene Sanchez (Education), 2011 Jessie Kindig (History), 2010 Miriam Kramer (Drama), 2010 Jed Murr (English), 2010 Joshua Heim (Cultural Studies, UW Bothell), 2009 Lisa Jackson-Schebetta (Drama), 2008 Amanda Soto (Music), 2008 Amanda Swain (History), 2007 Keith Feldman (English), 2006 Lisa Thornhill (English), 2005 Natalie Debray (Communication), 2004 Sara Morgan (Communication), 2004 Kara Reilly (Drama), 2004 Georgia Roberts (English), 2004
In addition to attending the annual conference and summit, PAGE Fellows commit to taking part in yearlong working groups to promote collaborative art-making, teaching, writing, and research. They work with PAGE alumni to organize around themes and questions relevant to the needs of publicly engaged graduate students. Fellows are asked to post on the Imagining America blog and present in webinars, campus workshops, or other appropriate professional meetings regionally.
Gordon is particularly interested in discovering how other PAGE scholars navigate their roles between university and community partners. “It’s something I am always striving to do more conscientiously,” she says.