Christine is passionate about reshaping national conversations about the arts and humanities by reaching out, inviting, and learning from colleagues and professionals from all disciplinary backgrounds. She believes that to effect social and cultural change, we need to join forces, bring new voices to the table and work with diverse communities to expand our thinking and acting and create relevant, exciting and accessible points of entry into higher education. In essence, we need to have genuine conversations, learn from one another, and mutually support one another.
To reframe our national dialogues, Christine is editing a book that seeks to shift our thinking about the crisis in the arts and humanities to one that bespeaks of rise and renaissance. In How Extraordinary Partnerships: How the Arts and Humanities are Transforming America, the personal accounts of cultural community leaders, artists, educators, scholars and business professionals from all fields and disciplines enter into dialogue to showcase how deeply social and responsible transformations are being driven in partnership with the arts and humanities.
In addition, and since most publications in defense of the arts and humanities today are not reaching or speaking to the needs of the next generation of students, Christine is also starting to develop an advice book for and, most importantly, by students and young professionals who want to understand why they should pursue a degree in the arts and humanities. Through their voices, Arts & Humanities: Don' Leave School Without Them addresses what the next generation needs to know now about where, why and how the arts and humanities can play a foundational and transformative role in their lives and careers.
Christine continues to build The Arts & Humanities in the 21st Century Workplace webpage and to work with current college students to capture new and exciting voices and visions to tell a different story about the arts and humanities. These projects included the NY6 Think Tank, a Mellon-supported initiative that was building a community comprised of educators and students who wished to transform—rethink and rewrite—public conversations on the state of the arts and humanities and included a series of student fellowships.
Christine's work on
Generation X has been
featured on Ozy.com, ExtraMile, and on
The Washington Post's Leadership List
Generation Now: Millennials Call for Social Change
available now on Amazon!
(all proceeds donated to COCOA House)
In the spring of 2018, a group of Union College students took my class called "Millennials and Social Change". They were in for a surprise.
They registered for a course about the rise of the everyday changemaker. It was a class that focused on the current student generation, the Millennials (b. 1980-2000), and the changes they wished to see in their lives and in their communities.
Ten weeks later, the students in this class had become changemakers themselves. They had risen to the challenge with honesty, passion, and ambition and had written personal stories that inspire and give hope to others. Their collective calls for change became this book.
These are their fearless stories.
The Arts and Humanities:
Don't Leave School Without Them
Career advice for and by students and young professionals