It’s been an exciting time. First, I had an incredible time at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria in late February. It was such an honor to be one of 50 people asked to participate in the “Neuroscience of Art” session. As the only sociologist in a group of mainly artists and neuroscientists I felt like I had a real job to do. It was an extraordinary and once-in-a-lifetime experience and I’m profoundly greatly. And yeah, staying in the Sound of Music house and hanging out with Ben Folds was super cool.
I also got some big news. I’ve learned that I am receiving the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry 2015 Special Career Award. I am stunned, thrilled and humbled. I want to extend an enormous thank you to the ICQI Lifetime Achievement Awards Committee for this great honor. As the award recognizes my body of work, I must acknowledge that many people have contributed to my work– countless publishers, editors, copyeditors, reviewers, authors, editors, and other collaborators. I hope you all know who you are and how much I appreciate your support. Thank you! A special shout-out to my amazing assistant, Shalen Lowell, without whom none of this would be possible.
It’s been an embarrassment of riches because I have also been asked to deliver the Egon Guba Memorial Keynote Lecture at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) meeting in Chicago. Such an honor. My talk is titled “The Heart, The Public, and The Promise of Arts-Based Research.” This talk will round out a busy April. First, I travel to Arizona to do a book reading, Q & A, and signing at the renowned Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. The best part, I’m doing this event with none other than Lee Gutkind (AKA: “the godfather of creative nonfiction” according to Vanity Fair). He’s a personal hero so this is a real treat. If you’re in the area please come see us talk about fiction and nonfiction in creative writing, Wednesday April 8, from 7-8:30pm. Then on the 9th I am giving a lecture on arts-based research at Arizona State University at 4:30pm.
Next my travels take me to Chicago for the AERA conference where I look forward to meeting with publishers, catching up with colleagues, and being a part of several panels on arts-based research (please check the online program). I am also doing a book signing for Method Meets Art 2nd Edition. Please come visit me at the Guilford Booth in the exhibit hall from 2:30-3:30pm on Friday April 17th to get your book signed or just to say hello. I’m double dipping on this trip because on Saturday the 18th I head to the Gender Matters Conference at Governors State University to deliver the Keynote Address titled, “Telling Gender, Family and Relationship Stories through Arts-Based Research.” My stay in Chicago ends with the Egon Guba Memorial Lecture at AERA, 6:15pm on Sunday April, 19.
In May you can catch me at the ICQI conference in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. I will be presenting in multiple sessions and receiving my Career Achievement Award. It promises to be a busy time. I’m honored to have these invitations and look forward to meeting other researchers on the road. After that, I plan to crawl into a writing hole for a good, long while. #SecretBookProjects.
Love and Light,