[EDIT] By no means is this comprehensive or current.

Public scholarship is a huge part of who I am, not just as a student, but as a person. For the past two years, I have volunteered as a public historian and content writer for Chicago non-profit, Chicago for Chicagoans, and strategic communication planning with Gary, Indiana non-profit, Decay Devils, on a Knight Foundation Grant funded project. Both of these roles have given me the opportunity to further explore the intersection of community and communication.

Events

Feel free to check out upcoming and previous video lecture events (and F2F, local guidelines and social distance requirements permitting):


Chicago for Chicagoans June 1, 2020

Note:The speaker fee from this lecture was donated to Brave Space Alliance, the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city.


Please donate to them if you can, or follow their social media channels for ways to get involved with direct action.

Backburner what you learned on Mad Men, because we are digging into Chicago’s history of “commercial magicians and priests of consumption.” Posted by Chicago for Chicagoans on Monday, June 1, 2020


Press

Chicago Tribune July 14, 2018
Preservation 'nerds' find beauty in Gary's decaying buildings

Teaching in the Arts July 2, 2018
Peter Hawley and Ava discuss dressmaking, communication and Canada

Loyola News Chicago April 23, 2018
Claire Filpe and Ava discuss running a business as a full-time student.

Duluth News Tribune March 19, 2017
Duluth woman mixes the old with the new in fashion designs

Duluth News Tribune May 24, 2015
With an eye for detail, Duluth photographer records forgotten urban landscapes

The UMD Statesman March 11, 2015
The Statesman reviews the Annual Minerva Zine party and discusses independent media in Duluth.

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