The goal of the Townsend Center Working Group in Contemporary Art is to broaden conversations across disciplines and institutions. Scholarship in contemporary art occurs across many departments on campus well beyond History of Art—Rhetoric/Film Studies, New Media, Art Practice—yet most opportunities for interaction are either extremely narrow (e.g. the personal conversation, the classroom) or broad (e.g. the public lecture, the exhibition). Our aim is to establish an intimate forum that fosters conversation and information sharing among faculty, curators, students and artists.