In a large, urban, engaged university like FIU, it is particularly important to make connections, “lubricate” interactions, promote diversity, and help stimulate the imaginations of participating faculty and visiting scholars, while also reaching out to a broader community through a cross-pollination of ideas and initiatives.
The fellowship will help create new narratives that help to change public perception and build consensus.
The FIU CARTA Fellow will organize interactive programs, teach seminars, help to write grant proposals, give public lectures, coordinate symposia, supervise publications, oversee web sites, produce videos, etc. to coordinate a merging of culture, public policy, urban planning and environmental activism. The fellow would help establish open lines of communication, foster imaginative solutions, and create a kind of narrative glue to hold all of the disparate disciplines and departments together.
Additionally, the FIU CARTA Fellow will create a critical writing program for journalism students and others. S/he will coordinate events, curate exhibitions, and invite distinguished guests to speak at MBUS, and help to promote and broadcast CARTA/MBUS sponsored events to a wider network in architecture and the arts.
Perhaps most importantly, in response to Miami’s changing skyline and the social-economic impact it has on under-privileged sectors of the population, the FIU CARTA Fellow will help promote programs in social housing and environmental awareness through municipal officials and working with FIU architecture students.