The Nomad/9 Interdisciplinary MFA at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, is being recognized as an important development in graduate education for artists with its focus on regenerative culture. Program Director Carol Padberg has been invited to speak about the innovative Nomad/9 curriculum at two conferences in early 2017.

At the annual College Art Association (CAA) conference on February 15-18, 2017 in New York City, Padberg will discuss “The MFA as Edge Space: Art, Ecology, Craft, Culture, and Place” as part of the session Pedagogy of Social and Environmental Justice chaired by Michele Jaquis of Otis College of Art and Design. Fellow panel presenters include Jane D. Marsching of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Hugh Pocock of Maryland Institute College of Art, Anne H. Berry of Cleveland State University, and Audra Buck-Coleman of University of Maryland College Park. This presentation will take place Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 1:30-3:00pm in the Gramercy A/West, 2nd Floor room of the New York Hilton Midtown. Tickets to the conference can be purchased on CAA’s website.

In April, 2017 in Chicago as part of the Open Engagement conference, Padberg will join educators from a variety of different contexts on a panel lead by Michelle Illuminato and Brett Hunter entitled “Streetwork: Engaging Education Outside the Classroom.” This panel will discuss socially engaged education models and the pleasures and challenges of educating in public to prepare students to be socially engaged citizens. Open Engagement (OE) is an annual artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around and creating a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. The conference highlights the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations working within the complex social issues and struggles of our time. This year’s conference will take place April 21–23, 2017 at the University of Illinois. More information and registration can be found of OE’s website.

Carol Padberg also recently presented at the Alternative Art School Fair at Pioneer Works in a panel of other first-year pedagogical initiatives, including Enrol Yourself, moderated by Black Mountain School. More information about the fair, including recordings of many of the panel presentations can be found on Pioneer Work’s website.