Imagining Geographies & Civic Soul Media

Compromised, partial archive of Imagining Geographies & Civic Soul regional engagement initiatives (2012-2016) undertaken by dedicated students and residents.


Spring 2014 – Linking Lands, Lives, & Arts of Southern Illinois


Let’s Strengthen our Community through STORYTELLING with filmmaker, Angela Aguayo (Producer of 778 Bullets)
Wednesday, APRIL 16th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
CELEBRATION: Celebrating Local Stories of Social Change.
Eurma C. Hayes Community Center, 442 E. Willow. Street.
Screening of several new films, produced by Angela Aguayo, telling stories of life in Carbondale, along with interviews with community residents recorded recently by members of the Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale.

Monday April 21, 3:00 – 4:30 pm.
Studio A, Communication Building
CONVERSATION on Social Justice Media
JOSH FOX, documentary filmmaker of Gasland I & II films, in conversation with Angela Aguayo (Cinema & Photography).

Monday April 21, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Student Center Ballrooms
LECTURE: GASLAND and the Environment
A SENSE project

MARCH 19 Sustainability & Environmental Science, Policy, & Communication series
5 P.M. — Rotunda Morris Library
RECEPTION Installation: Alexander County. Illinois. Photographs: Daniel Overturf. Words: Gary Marx
Gallery talk with artists, Jak Tichenor (WSIU).

6 P.M. — Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library
WELCOME Chancellor Rita Cheng; MCMA Interim Dean Dafna Lemish.
FILM SCREENING: Heron Pond: Boardwalk View, by Cade Bursell (Cinema & Photography);
PANEL: Perspectives on Environmental – Human Confluence: Case of the Cache
Panelists: Economist – Silva Secchi (AgriBusiness Economics)
Environmental Mitigater – Tracy Fidler (Shawnee Resource Conservation & Development)
Writer – Gary Marx
Zoologist – Heidi Rantala (Post-doctoral fellow, Zoology)
Facilitator: Environmental Communicator, Jonathan Gray (Communication Studies).

Please download the full Spring 2014 series  here…

Fall 2013 – Arts of Southern Illinois

August 28: Union County Arts Media Management for Artists Workshop.

Artists, entrepreneurs and community leaders gathered at The Old Feed Store in Cobden Aug. 28 to discuss arts marketing and the growth of creative industries in southern Illinois. Read more…

October 11-12-13: Studio tours and artist displays during Octoberfest Weekend in Union County.

Read about the first self-guided art tour in Union County.

View a slideshow about Unity Through the Arts.

Venues featuring local art, music, poetry and theater will be featured during this year’s “Unity Through the Arts” self-guided tour on Saturday, October 12 during Union County Colorfest Weekend.

Several civic organizations have collaborated to produce a brochure with a map of the venues and information about the art events.  The brochure will be available at cabins, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, wineries, galleries and public buildings throughout Union County, as well as being distributed as a printable file that can be uploaded to websites and social media platforms.

Some of the venues and events featured include the World War II play, “Canteen,” at the Anna Arts Center, “The Kings of Egypt,” a literary reading by the Blue Billies at The Old Feed Store in Cobden, a gallery show by southern Illinois artisans, the annual Pumpkin Town display at Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna, an arts and crafts fair in downtown Cobden and a performance by the Southern Illinois West African Drumming Ensemble at the Yellow Moon Café in Cobden.

One of the goals of the “Unity Through the Arts” program, which is a collaborative endeavor by the Anna Arts Center, Illinois Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Imagining Geographies at SIU, River‐to‐River Visual Arts Association, SIU Office of Economic and Regional Development, Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau, SIU College of Liberal Arts, School of Art and Design, Union County Economic Development and the Union County Museum, is to promote the cultural and creative industries of the region.

Download a printable map of the tour route

For additional information, visit

Sustainability & Environmental Science, Policy & Communication Series

October 3: On Reporting on Fracking in The Woodlands, PA. Oresentation by photojournalist Julia Rendleman, Pittsburg Post-Gazette, Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library, 12: 00 – 1:15 pm.

Realizing Imagining

October 18 – 28: Carbondale Community’s 11 Days for Peace Initiative featuring Peace Pathways. Follow the pathways with the map created by Sarah Lewison (Department of Radio, Television, and Digital Media).

Spring 2013 – Lands, Lives, & Arts of Southern Illinois

February 28: GREENING CARBONDALE via a FOOD FOREST 7:00 – 10:00PM – School of Law, Room 204.
Town Hall-style discussion of proposal to develop Carbondale as a food forest.*

March 5: Inaugural Event. LAND MATTERS 5:30 – 9:30 PM. Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library.*
Greetings: Chancellor R. Cheng; Vice-Chancellor for Research J. Koropchak. Keynote Lecture by Professor Liz Wells (Portsmouth): Land Matters: Landscape Photography, Culture, & Identity.

Panel: Professor Walter Metz (Cinema & Photography), Associate Professor Jan Roddy (Cinema & Photography), Assistant Professor Sarah Lewison (Radio, Television, and Digital Media), Mary McCorvie (Manager, Heritage Program, Shawnee National Forest).

Moderator: Associate Professor Jay Needham (Radio, Television, and Digital Media).



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