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Decolonial Desires:
Is a Third University Possible?
A Conversation with la paperson, facilitated by Jack Tchen,
co-hosted by Imagining America and Globalsl Networks. 
Wednesday, May 6 • 4 - 5:30 p ET / 1 - 2:30 p PT
In A Third University is Possible, la paperson (K. Wayne Yang) presents a framework for hotwiring university “machines” to the practical work of decolonization. Both Imagining America and The Globalsl Network have, respectively, positioned themselves as creating, “the conditions to shift culture and transform inequitable institutional and societal structures,” and, advancing, “ethical, critical, and aspirationally decolonial community-based learning and research for more just, inclusive, sustainable communities.” Presently, the global COVID-19 pandemic puts pressures on communities, higher education systems, and societies that are unprecedented in our lifetimes. Changes will come. But what will they look like, and what is possible? Will individualistic and competitive capitalist market modalities advance further into university structures and ways of teaching and learning? Or will new forms of collective care and public knowledge making emerge? In a conversation facilitated by Jack Tchen, members of the IA and Globalsl networks will explore strategies to hold fast to the values that advance the practical work of decolonization during this era of rupture.
This will be a conversational and interactive online gathering. Participation is limited to 60 people and is open to Imagining America and Globalsl Network members, with 20 additional spots reserved for individuals who are not currently with member organizations or institutions.
Please read as much of the book  A Third University is Possible as possible before the conversation. Alternatively, an accessible interview about the book can be found here: "How Long is Never? A Conversation with K. Wayne Yang."

Registrants will receive a survey link asking them to share key questions they would like to discuss in this interactive webinar. We will begin with community-generated questions, and will facilitate an interactive engagement during the session.
Featured Thinkers and Facilitators
Photo of Wayne Yang
K. Wayne Yang’s work transgresses the line between scholarship and community, as evidenced by his involvement in urban education and community organizing. He was the co-founder of the Avenues Project, a non-profit youth development organization, and also the co-founder of East Oakland Community High School.
Photo of Jack Tchen
Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen is a historian, curator, and writer devoted to anti-racist, anti-colonialist democratic participatory storytelling, scholarship, and opening up archives, museums, organizations, and classroom spaces to the stories and realities of those excluded and deemed “unfit” in master narratives.
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About TLC
The IA Teaching and Learning Circle (TLC) is an online learning community that builds peer support and conversations about the opportunities, joys, and challenges of producing public and activist scholarship, and designing and delivering community-engaged courses and projects. Organized and facilitated by IA staff and featured guests, each online conversation engages participants in collaborative thinking, dialogue and group work. Through peer mentorship, support, and knowledge sharing participants engage with guest facilitators and have opportunities to share examples from their own lives. 
If you are interested in co-facilitating a future TLC webinar or have a topic you would like us to explore, please email us at connect@imaginingamerica.org . We look forward to your ideas as we consider future webinar proposals!
The Imagining America consortium (IA) brings together scholars, artists, designers, humanists, and organizers to imagine, study, and enact a more just and liberatory ‘America’ and world.

Working across institutional, disciplinary, and community divides, IA strengthens and promotes public scholarship, cultural organizing, and campus change that inspires collective imagination, knowledge-making, and civic action on pressing public issues.

By dreaming and building together in public, IA creates the conditions to shift culture and transform inequitable institutional and societal structures.