Educating for Democracy in a Post-Truth Era
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.
This talk will address how reclaiming the civic mission of colleges and universities as a central component of a 21st-century liberal education is essential for preparing students to thrive in a globally interdependent world.
The program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of educational studies and Spanish & Portuguese. It is part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Civic Engagement and the Liberal Arts. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.
Biography (provided by the speaker)
Lynn Pasquerella was appointed president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in 2016, after serving as the eighteenth president of Mount Holyoke College. She has held positions as provost at the University of Hartford and vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Rhode Island. A philosopher whose work has combined teaching and scholarship with local and global engagement, Pasquerella has written extensively on medical ethics, metaphysics, public policy, and the philosophy of law. She is president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the host of Northeast Public Radio’s The Academic Minute. A recipient of Mary Baldwin University’s Sullivan Award for outstanding service to humanity, Pasquerella serves as a member of the advisory board of the Newman’s Own Foundation and sits on the boards of the Lingnan Foundation and the National Humanities Alliance. Named by Diverse Issue as one of higher education’s top 35 women leaders, Pasquerella is a graduate of Quinebaug Valley Community College, Mount Holyoke College and Brown University. Pasquerella has also received honorary doctorates from Elizabethtown College, Bishop’s University, the University of South Florida, the University of Hartford and the University of Rhode Island.
The Clarke Forum’s Semester Theme & Faculty Seminar
Each semester the Clarke Forum devotes a major portion of its resources to programs organized around a semester theme that is also the basis for a faculty seminar. All members of the faculty are invited to propose topics for themes/faculty seminars. Past themes/faculty seminars have included Sexuality and Societies; Living in a World of Limits; The Meanings of Race; Water; Language; War at Home; Disability; Inequality and Mass Incarceration in the United States; Food; Media, Technology & Civic Engagement, Big Data, Indigeneity in the Americas and Sustainability. The theme/faculty seminar for the fall 2019 semester is Masculinities. If you are interested in proposing a Clarke Forum theme/faculty seminar, please visit Proposing a Clarke Forum Theme/Faculty Seminar.
The Clarke Forum’s Leadership In an Age of Uncertainty Series
LEADERSHIP IN AN AGE OF UNCERTAINTY
The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues has established a series of programmatic events dedicated to the theme of leadership in an age of uncertainty. This initiative is grounded on the reality that today’s generation of Dickinson students confronts a large number of intractable political, economic, and social problems: terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, environmental pollution, global warming, a sustainable energy policy, the ongoing financial crisis, the federal deficit, the amount of public and private debt, the health care crisis, along with issues regarding race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, as well as technology and privacy. These issues and problems directly or indirectly pose challenges to the College and the local community that may in time require fundamental changes in institutions, values, and practices across the public, private, and non-profit sectors of American society. How Dickinsonians respond to these challenges presents us with an opportunity for reflection on the meaning of leadership in the contemporary world. This series is partially supported by a fund created by Betty R. ’58 and Dan Churchill.