Gulf South Summit Keynote Sessions

picture of jeffery howardThursday, March 22  8:30-9:15 a.m.

picture of trish kalivodaCivic Engagement: The State of the Field, Jeffrey , Michigan Journal of Community Learning; Trish Kalivoda, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement and Cassie Simon, Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship

On this 10th aniversary of the Gulf South Summit, it seems an appropriate moment to take stock of the status of the field of service-learning and community engagement. Who better to lead us in this perspective-taking than the editors of three prominent journals in the field? Among the questions that the panelists will address are the following:

    • picture of cassie simonWhat are the most significant advances in service-learning research and practice that you have observed (and fostered) in the past 10 years?
    • Currently, what do you see asthe most significant obstacle to effective service-learning practice and/or research? What gaps in our knowledge need to be addressed?




 Thursday, March 22, 1-1:45 p.m. 

picture of patti claytonInacting “Co-Creation,” Patti Clayton, senior scholar with the Center for Service and Learning, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

During this interactive plenary session, Patti and some of the participants in the pre-conference workshop will invite conference attendees into a conversation about the principles of non-technocratic, non-hierarchical approaches to service and practical strategies for enacting “co-creation” among students, faculty and community partners within service-learning contexts. Participants from the pre-conference workshop will share and solicit critique of their thinking from the previous day, and plenary attendees can join in conversation about similar applications to their own service contexts.

A subsequent roundtable discussion will bring together Summit participants who wish to integrate ongoing exploration of “with-ness” into their work as practitioner-scholars, including discussion of potential collaborative research and writing projects.  



Friday, March 23, 1:15-2: p.m.

Civil Conversations, Krista Tippett, host of National Public Radio’s Krista Tippett on Being, author and journalist

picture of krista trippetKrista Tippett will join us in thinking about what it takes for a pluralistic society to create and nurture civility and mutual respect. How do we create lives of significance and service? How do we bring moral imagination and wisdom to our shared lives and problem-solving? These are the subjects of Tippett’s Civil Conversations Project ( and the core missions of service-learning and community engagement.