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Monday, March 28, 2016

Matt Wilson Notes

Thank you Hannah, for taking these at the Plantory!

Matt Wilson


Born in Missouri


Studied Geography- became interested in GIS Mapping Tool, which can analyze and organize data geographically.


So, he became interested in Computer science, and went to Grad school 2002 in Seattle—eventually got a PHD. He got a job at Ball State University, where he got interested in making maps that help people deal with what's changing around them.
At Ball State, he Taught a class called GIS workshop—this class focused on
1) Universities as a site of privilege 
2) Participatory action research
3) Creating a project that mattered outside the university





This class was really hard at first—“research safaris” just solidified the University as a site of privilege, and he felt it inflicted low grade violence on the community.


Later hired at UK—he was shocked by the “whole race thing here”
He started a GIS workshop here
Found Tanya Torp 
Ended up making a lot of connections on the north end-UK didn't interact at all with the north end


He scrapped the model of the class after a couple tries—the class didn't do anything 
Community partners were appreciative, but it didn't change anything


He thought about how universities are predatory on the community, and  
community engagement faculty are usually bottom of the totem pole 


Instead of GIS workshop, he made Community Map Shop with a full-time research assistant
Uses Fitzgerald as a text
Allow community partners to opt in, rather than asking/coercing them in
Provide outlets for the community to voice their concerns, not recruitment for the purposes of the class or university
The academy is allergic to these community engagements-the town/gown divide
Speaking for vs with a community 


What works in this class: walking together to places we were told not to go
People aren't trying to hide out on their universities, we just need a bridge to cross into the community


You can't live in fear of poverty/ places you shouldn't go—crime maps show that everywhere is dangerous

Donna Heroway- the promise of monsters

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