2020 Spring Semester Theme: Civic Engagement and the Liberal Arts

This seminar will explore the relationship between the liberal arts and civic engagement.  We will ask: What is the point of promoting civic engagement on a liberal arts campus? Are there irreconcilable tensions between civic engagement and the liberal arts? Have civic engagement practices in higher education become so institutionalized that we fail to think critically about why we do this work? How do calls for “civil discourse” and “civility” inform practices of civic engagement in higher education?

Events Related to the Theme

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Educating for Democracy in a Post-Truth Era
Lynn Pasquerella, Association of American Colleges and Universities

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.
From Community Engagement to the Good Society
Randy Stroecker, University of Wisconsin

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Devising Civic Practice: Listening is the New Revolution
Michael Rohd, Center for Performance and Civic Practice

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Re-Engaging Research through Citizen and Community Science
Jennifer Shirk, Citizen Science Association

Thursday, April 23, 2020
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Overdoing Democracy: The Problem of Polarization
Robert Talisse, Vanderbilt University