Throughout the year the Civic Media Lab host talks, events and conferences to create a multidisciplinary dialogue and foster innovative, collaborative problem-solving around issues of civic engagement. 

Digital Multilogue on Fashion Education (Prof. Renate Stauss)

How and why do we learn and teach fashion in times of a global health crisis, in times of social, environmental and democratic crises? The didactic and pedagogic questions, the pragmatic and philosophical questions we are asking ourselves as fashion educators have changed significantly. What questions and challenges do we share? What experience and solutions can we share and develop together?

We see a strong need for reflection and discussion, a great interest in collaboration across disciplines and institutions. THE MULTILOGUE on Fashion Education is conceived as a space of contemplation and exchange, an opportunity for fashion educators of different subjects and institutions to meet, exchange experience, to learn from each other, develop ideas together and collaborate.

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The « Madeleine Shorts » Website (Christy Shields and Beth Grannis)

This project is designed and overseen by Professor Christy Shields and MAGC alumnus Beth Grannis, co-director of the non-profit Filmmaker without Borders.  The represents an extension of their collaborative work on the Food without Borders project in 2017-2018

Madeleine Shorts” serves as a collection of 2 to 5 minute films that open up windows into madeleine stories found around the globe. When brought together, these short films speak of our rich diversity as well as our shared humanity, as we confront the challenges associated with change, nourish and empower ourselves through food and storytelling, and seek to connect and exchange across borders.

Filmmakers (of all levels) are encouraged to seek out and collaborate with, film, and interview another person about a memorable food. Educators are encouraged to use a madeleine short project in their classrooms and then ask their students to submit their final film projects. Learning about the life worlds and experiences of another through food to create such a film can be a transformative experience, for interviewee and interviewer alike. We have included a resource page for individual filmmakers and educators seeking additional guidance.

Submitted and accepted “madeleine shorts” will then be showcased  on this site, alongside shorts made by filmmaker Beth Grannis and food anthropologist Christy Shields, as well as their sixth grade and university students.

We hope audiences will enjoy the films on their own, and that educators will bring them into their classrooms.