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Define our Future: Imagining America in 2060

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610 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605

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If anything was possible, what would you want the world to be like in the year 2060? What are your aspirations when it comes to identity, immigration, citizenship and other issues of concern? How can these visions help us connect with each other? How can they inspire us today?


These are the questions we’ll answer together in this creative, collaborative session on the civic imagination - our collective vision for what a better tomorrow might look like. Come and learn about the civic imagination, connect with others, and put your dreams into action.


Over the last 5 years, our team, based at the University of Southern California, has worked with communities all over the world to develop tools for unlocking the imagination and harnessing unbridled creativity for real world action. Our group believes that to make the world a better place everyone needs to be able to imagine what a better world looks like.


Join us for a freewheeling worldbuilding session where we put our minds together to create a wide open vision of what the future could be. Our shared visions will grow and come to life right in the room through the contributions of spoken word, performance and visual artists. And with your help, the strength of that vision will keep going beyond today as we build community and renew our ability to bring our imaginative selves back to the hard work we do every day to make the world a better place.


Appearances by Define American Film Festival guests will include: Patricia Frazier, a Chicago-based African American poet, filmmaker and activist and member of Young Chicago Authors; Bambadjan Bamba, actor whose credits include roles on NBC's The Good Place and Marvel's Black Pantherl; and Yosimar Reyes, poet and Define American artist in residence.



This event is organized by Define American and the Civic Imagination Project at the University of Southern California, which is being carried out with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


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