BUILDING BRIDGES IN POLARIZED TIMES

Tentative Schedule 

July 27-29, 2019

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

12:30-1:00 pm             Check in

1:00-2:00 pm               Welcome and Orientation

                                   Kevin Barge (Texas A&M University) 

2:00-2:15 pm               Break   

2:15-3:15 pm               Keynote Presentation

“Implementing Change in Interorganizational Networks,” Laurie Lewis (Rutgers University)

Moderator:  Lacy McNamee (Baylor University) 

3:15-4:15 pm               Keynote Presentation

“Fraught Axes in Multisector Collaboration,” Kirsten Foot (University of Washington) 

Moderator: Elizabeth Williams (Colorado State University) 

4:15-4:30 pm               Break 

4:30-5:30 pm               Projects in Focus

Presenters sit at different tables. Each presenter has 5-7 minutes to present followed by a table discussion with the participants. Participants will then rotate as an intact group from table to table.

Moderator: Amy Way (Villanova University)

  1. “Basic Training: An Examination of How Authoritative Texts and Military Rituals Facilitate Short-Term Cohesion at the Expense of Long-Term Polarization,” William Howe & Maria Shpeer (University of Oklahoma) 

  2. “Managing Polarizing Discourses Related to Policing: A Qualitative Analysis of College Students’ Future Professional Selves,” Elizabeth Spradley (Stephen F. Austin State University)

  3. “Engaging Health and Safety in High-Risk Organizations,” Jessica Ford (Baylor University)

  4.  “The Digital Storytelling Organization and Stigma Intervention: A Case Study of How The Mighty Is Addressing Responsible, Prescribed Opioid Use,” R. Tyler Spradley (Stephen F. Austin State University)

  5.  “The Politicized Self: Navigating Personal Identity While Facilitating,” Jed Chalupa (Texas A&M University) 

5:30 pm-7:30 pm          Cocktail Reception, The Gant Aspen Hotel 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

8:00 am                        Breakfast on your own

 

8:30 am-9:45 am           Questions in Focus

The Questions-in-Focus format invites presenters to describe the key questions raised in their work in plenary in 1-2 minutes. Participants will then rotate among tables to discuss these questions in the broader context of the conference theme. The session concludes with reflection by presenters in plenary.

Moderator:  Pam Shockley-Zalabak (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)

  1. “Grassroots So White: The Intersection of Structural and Positional Tensions in A Hybrid Organizing Space,” Avi McClelland-Cohen (UC Santa Barbara)

  2. “Fighting For the New Free World,”Brandi Mitchell (Texas State University) 

  3. “Whose ethics? An Engaged Project to Develop Ethical Guidelines for Research and Evaluation,” Jasmine Linabary (Emporia State University)

  4. “Don't Think, Don't Analyze, Just React: The Dumbing Down of News and Our Nation,” Eli Woody (University of Colorado Denver)

  5. “Unmarked Bridges and Unnamed Barricades: Uses of Anonymous Communication in Polarized Times,”  Craig Scott (Rutgers University)

10:00 am-10:15 am      Break

10:15 am-11:45 am      Keynote Presentation

AnnJanette Alejano-Steele (Associate Dean of the College of Professional Studies, Metropolitan State University of Denver)

Focus:  Overview of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and multiple facets of human trafficking, and its intersections with human rights, gender-based and intimate partner violence, immigration, exploitative labor, victims “worthy” of help, etc.

Moderator:  Elizabeth William (Colorado State University)

11:45 am-1:00 pm       Lunch

1:00 pm-2:15 pm        Focal Case Presentation 

Amanda Finger (Executive Director and co-founder of the Denver-based non-profit, Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking) and Maria Trujillo (Human Trafficking Program Manager at the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice, Office for Victims Programs) with Michele DesLauriers and Mona Klein from the Alliance to Combat Human Trafficking in Pueblo. 

Focus:  Overview of multilevel and multisector counter-human trafficking strategies in Colorado, including the CO Project and CO Council. Challenges in counter-trafficking efforts related to misconceptions, biases, communication, and organizing (that result from and/or result in political/cultural/class polarization).

Facilitator:  Anna Wolfe (Texas A&M University)

2:15 pm-2:30 pm        Break

2:30 pm-3:45 pm       Workshopping/discussing key questions together

Facilitator: Anna Wolfe (Texas A&M University)

3:45 pm-4:00 pm       Break   

4:00 pm-5:30 pm       Projects in Focus

Presenters sit at different tables. Each presenter has 5-7 minutes to present followed by a table discussion with the participants. Participants will then rotate as an intact group from table to table.

Moderator:  Amy Way (Villanova University)

  1. “Constitutive Rhetoric in Nonprofits’ Donor-Recipient Relationship,” Allison Foust (Colorado State University)

  2. “Crisis Pregnancy Center Presence in Texas: Tensions and Opportunities,” Rebecca Costantini (Texas A&M University)

  3. “Membership as Consubstantiation in Domestic Organizations,” Camille Endacott (UC Santa Barbara)

  4. “Teaching Deliberation in K-12 Education,” Katie Patterson (Colorado State University)

Enjoy Aspen!  Dinner on your own

Monday, July 29, 2019

8:00 am-8:30 am        Breakfast on your own

8:30 am – 9:45 am      Research Spotlight

The Research Spotlight format focuses in depth on engaged research endeavors. Participants will select one of the Spotlight talks and join the presenters for a thirty-minute-deep dive into their research.

Moderator: Lacy McNamee (Baylor University)

  1. “Navigating Identity and Organizational Identification Through Experiences of Destructive Workplace Behaviors,” Jennifer Linvill, (Purdue University)

  2. “Perpetuating Polarization: An Analysis of Cyclical Organizational Discourse,” Arden Roeder, (University of Oklahoma)

  3. “A Design for Life: Analyzing and Intervening in Urban Redevelopment Through Engaged Criticism,” Harry Archer, (University of Colorado Boulder)

  4. “Neighbor’s Table: Building Bridges Between Immigrants and Church Congregants,” Douglas Kelley & Vincent Waldron, (Arizona State University)

9:45 am-11:00 am       Plenary Session

How are state-local and government-NGO counter-trafficking efforts manifesting in Pueblo, CO?  How might this influence how we organize and plan the meeting of the 2020 Aspen Engaged conference in Pueblo?  The morning session will explore possible future areas for development regarding the 2020 Aspen Engaged Scholarship Conference. 

Facilitators:  Anna Wolfe (Texas A&M University), Kirsten Foot (University of Washington), Kevin Barge (Texas A&M University)

DESCRIPTION OF PARTICIPANT RESEARCH PRESENTATION FORMATS

Projects-in-Focus

The purpose of this format is to develop projects still in progress. The Project-in-Focus format situates presenters at different tables. During each round of discussion, each presenter has 5-7 minutes to present followed by a table discussion with the participants. Participants will then rotate as an intact group from table to table. 

Research Spotlight

The purpose of this session is longer engagement with fewer projects that are completed or nearly so. The Research Spotlight format focuses in depth on engaged research endeavors. In each round, participants will select one of the Spotlight talks and join the presenters for a thirty-minute-deep dive into their research.

Questions-in-Focus

The purpose of this format is to discussion questions related to the conference raised by more philosophically leaning submissions. The Questions-in-Focus format invites presenters to describe the key questions raised in their work in plenary in 1-2 minutes followed by rounds of discussion. In each round, participants will rotate among tables to discuss these questions in the broader context of the conference theme. The session concludes with reflection by presenters in plenary.

 

 

 

Thank you for your interest in attending the Aspen Conference at the Gant Hotel in Aspen, CO.

Gant Hotel: 800.345.1471 The conference hotel, The Gant, is offering a 40% reduction on their rates for conference attendees who register by May 15, 2019 and a 30% reduction for those who register by June 15, 2019. Gant condos are ideal for sharing. Register by phone or at their registration portal

Conference participants have in the past also stayed offsite at the Annabelle Inn, the Aspen Mountain Lodge, and the Molly Gibson Lodge. Aspen is pedestrian friendly. Conference participants have also stayed in nearby Snowmass, which is approximately 25 minutes away. 

Most participants fly directly into Aspen (ASE). Those interested in the beautiful, mountainous, four-hour drive can also fly into Denver (DEN), but be advised that the mountain roads can back up during times of high traffic.

Hotel Share and Carpooling Program

To help participants manage the costs of the conference, we have a clearing house for those who would like to share a hotel room in Aspen and/or carpool for those who plan to fly into Denver. If you would like to participate, please contact us by July 1st. We will connect people as soon as they submit, so please consider letting us know of your interest as soon as possible.



Pamela Shockley-Zalabak, The University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Kevin Barge, Texas A&M University

Amy Way, Villanova University

Anna Wiederhold Wolfe, Texas A&M University

Elizabeth Williams, Colorado State University

Joshua Barbour, The University of Texas at Austin

Kathy Krone, The University of Nebraska Lincoln

Kirsten Foot, The University of Washington

Kristen Okamoto, Clemson University

Lacy McNamee, Baylor University