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Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility, Advocacy & Engagement

Northeastern’s College of Arts, Media and Design is honored to have been selected as the host for the national gathering of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru). The 2017 conference, Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility, Advocacy, and Engagement will use the city of Boston as a starting point for discussion and engagement.

This year’s conference includes breakouts, workshops, performances, and presentations with over 100 representatives from organizations around the world. Download the full conference schedule. 

As a 21st century global city, Boston embodies many of the issues that drive diverse contemporary cultural contexts. It supports a rich and continually evolving sense of civic realms, and is home to leading arts, educational, medical, industrial, and corporate entities invested in innovative modes of research, practice, and civic participation. There is also clear recognition that the ‘public sphere’ is not confined to large metropolitan regions. Creating dynamic communities that engage and extend beyond traditional boundaries – in both virtual and material ways – remains a growing challenge and the work before us.

a2ru is a member organization that advances the full range of arts-integrative research, curricula, programs, and creative practice to acknowledge, articulate, and expand the vital role of higher education in our global society. a2ru envisions a world in which universities – students, faculty, and leaders – acknowledge, deeply embed, and seamlessly integrate the arts in the pursuit of basic knowledge and in everyday practice. As an organization, a2ru values the arts as core to higher education, deep disciplinary knowledge and applied research in the arts, interdisciplinary creativity, durable collaboration, diverse community, and the research university as a driver toward a better world. For the complete list of Universities members of the a2ru network.

And presentations by Northeastern University’s:
Dan Adams 
Pedro Cruz
Bree Edwards 
Nathan Felde
Elizabeth Hudson
Tad Hirsch
Miso Kim
Kristian Kloeckl
Antonio Ocampo-Guzman 
Dietmar Offenhuber
John P. Wihbey
And Northeastern Students:
Xingyue Li
Pablo Hernandez Basulto

Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 9:00am

Curry Student Center
346 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, Boston

Event Type

Conference, Cultural, Northeastern Art


College of Arts, Media & Design




Registration required



Sponsoring Organization

Northeastern Center for the Arts

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