DRAFT AGENDA FOR WORKING GROUP ON ORGANIZING, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, AND THE ACADEMY

University of California at Davis

August 20-21, 1998

Thursday, August 20:

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 Welcome and Review purpose and expectations - Jeannie Appleman,

Interfaith Funders

Introductions and Ice Breaker - Randy Stoecker, COMM-ORG

2:00 - 3:30 Panel Discussion of the outcomes, opportunities and challenges, and issues raised in collaborative work between community organizing groups and academics. Each panelist will speak from their particular perspective. Panelists include:

* Rob Kleidman, Associate Professor of Sociology, Cleveland State University

* Lisa Donner, Campaign Director, ACORN; and

* Rachel Parker Gwin, Virginia Tech

Question and answer period

3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Break

3:45 - 5:15 p.m. Small Group discussions (academics in group 1, organizers and leaders in group 2, and funders in group 3) to discuss what they have to offer in a collaborative relationship and what they want from the other partners.

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Report back from small groups and identify emerging themes

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner

7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Panel Discussion on resources for Collaborative Work. Panelists include:

* Madeline Scammel, Deputy Director, the Loka Institute, on the Community Research Network (http://www.amherst.edu/~loka/ncrn/ncrn.htm)

* Randy Stoecker, Moderator/Editor, COMM-ORG (http://comm-org.wisc.edu)

* Lee Williams, author, Grassroots Participatory Research (invited)

8:30 on .... Free time

Friday

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Small groups, each comprised of academics, organizers and leaders, and funders, will identify themes, interests, learnings, and follow-up opportunities for collaborative work.

10:30 - 12:00 Report back in big group, wrap-up, and next steps: Randy Stoecker

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch