A Future-Oriented Democratic Revival (Volume 2, Issue 1)
A Future-Oriented Democratic Revival (Volume 2, Issue 1)
Laura W. Black, PhD, Editor
Timothy J. Shaffer, PhD & Nancy L. Thomas, JD, EdD, Associate Editors
July 2, 2014
Special Issue: The State of the Field
Essays on the accomplishments of and challenges to public engagement and deliberative democracy
Edited by Laura W. Black, Timothy J. Shaffer, and Nancy L. Thomas
This special issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation consists of a collection essays by leading innovators and scholars who share a commitment to increased and improved participation by everyday Americans in public discourse, community problem solving, and social policy making. The “field” of public deliberation has made impressive advances in the last thirty years in both theory and practice.
Despite these gains, many scholars and practitioners can point to challenges and concerns, ranging from “what do we call this work?” to “how do we build a strong civic infrastructure for public engagement?” Writers responded to questions about the scope and boundaries of the work, the relationship between deliberation and democracy, the tensions between advocacy and deliberation, the risks associated with steadfast neutrality, and future directions for the field. They help us see that popular declarations in favor of “more public participation” require more reflection and intentionality. The issue also includes promising future directions, some insightful personal essays, and reviews of books that highlight the breadth of deliberative engagement. To read the issue, visit http://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/.
The Journal of Public Deliberation is supported by the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and the International Association for Public Participation. This issue is being used as the basis for discussion and planning at the 2014 Frontiers of Democracy conference, July 16-18, 2014 at Tufts University. For information on the conference, please visit http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/civic-studies/frontiers/.
An annual event, Frontiers is co-sponsored by the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, The Democracy Imperative, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), and the Jonathan M. Tisch College for Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. After the conference, there will be a reflective essay in the Journal of Public Deliberation based on the discussion that takes place at Frontiers to continue the conversation about the state of the field of public deliberation and its future.
JPD is supported not only by IAP2 and DDC, but by a range of other institutions, including:
Save the Date!
NERCHE and CED Present the 3rdAnnual Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement
The Next Generation of Engaged Scholarship: Make Your Voice Heard
Monday, September 15, 2014
9 AM to 3:30 PM
University of Massachusetts Boston
On Monday, September 15, 2014, the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) will host its 3rd Annual Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The event will build upon the success of the 2013 Colloquium, where nearly 150 faculty and higher education administrators from New England (and beyond) gathered to reflect upon the pioneering work of Ernest A. Lynton and the legacy of his contributions to publicly engaged scholarship.
The 3rd Annual Lynton Colloquium will feature a keynote presentation by the recipient of the 2014 Lynton Award (to be announced in August 2014). It will also help launch a new research initiative co- sponsored by New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and the Center for Engaged Democracy (CED). Grounded in the work of NERCHE’s Next Generation Engagement project and the CED’s focus on academic programs in civic engagement, this initiative aims to identify key issues in the field and sponsor research working groups on each of them. The goal is to foster sustained and systematic investigations and documented outcomes that will support deeper understandings of and clearer actions around such issues. Registration for the Colloquium is at http://www.umb.edu/news_events_media/events/lynton2014.
Download the 2014 Lynton Colloquium flyer.
SAVE THE DATE
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BLOG
Minnesota ADP/TDC/CC Civic Summit
September 28-29, 2014, St. Cloud State University (Minn.) will host a collaborative regional civic engagement conference, designed by two partner organizations, AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) and Minnesota Campus Compact, and now joined by a new community college civic education organization, The Democracy Commitment (TDC). The conference brings together administrators, faculty, staff, students and community partners to further advance the progress we have made together at a regional summit at on September 28 and 29, 2014. Read more here.
#ADPTDC14 Meeting in Review: Forging Civic Pathways for Student Success
Our recent 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting in Louisville, Ky. brought together a collection of faculty, students, administrators, community partners and representatives from our national sponsor and partner organizations committed to advancing civic learning and engagement through public higher education. Collectively, we considered how to advance civic pathways for student success—by identifying existing pathways and forging new ones. We also contemplated the role of social media in our work and the relationship between journalism and our democracy. Together, we celebrated another year of doing hard and important work by sharing stories and strategies for scaling up and focusing our efforts to drive civic learning and engagement into the core of higher education. We committed ourselves to continuing to work to equip all students with the civic knowledge, skills, experiences and dispositions they need to be successful throughout their careers and as citizens. Read more here. You can also read about the 2014 ADP/TDC Day of Service
What We’re Reading: The Impossible Will Take a Little While
Paul Loeb, founder of the Campus Election Engagement Project, has an updated edition of his political hope anthology, The Impossible Will Take a Little While. Loeb distributed free exam copies at June’s 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting. Read more here.
Economic Inequality: Announcing a Joint ADP/TDC National Initiative
This joint national initiative is being organized by teams at ADP’s Keene State College (N.H.) and TDC’s Mount Wachusett Community College (Mass.). We are looking to identify two- and four-year institutions interested in helping us engage and begin to form civic pathways around this topic. A formal call for participation will be forthcoming. Read more here.
Massachusetts Adopts Policy on Civic Learning for Public Higher Education
In May, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) became the first in the nation to adopt a policy on civic learning for public college and university students. With the new policy, public two- and four- year higher education institutions in Massachusetts will be required to incorporate civic learning as an “expected outcome” for undergraduate students. Read more here.
Student Spotlight: CSU Fresno’s Elizabeth Olenchalk
California State University, Fresno junior Elizabeth Olenchalk was named a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow in recognition of her commitment to community service and civic leadership. Read more here.
Partners & Friends
DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
August 4-8: ADP’s 2014 Stewardship of Public Lands Faculty Seminar in Yellowstone
September 17: Constitution Day
September 28: National Voter Registration Day
September 28-29: Minnesota ADP/TDC/CC Civic Summit
October 10: NCoC’s National Conference (Washington, DC)
November 4: Election Day
Please join us on Tuesday, July 22nd at 2pm EST for a free webinar to learn more about the National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement (NASCE). As part of an ongoing partnership with AASCU’s American Democracy Project and NASPA’s Lead Initiative, the NASCE assessment is being offered to member institutions at a 50% discount for the 2014-2015 academic year.
The NASCE is a web-based survey administered by the Siena College Research Institute that measures an institution’s overall levels of community engagement by evaluating the rate, frequency, and depth of student community service across 9 areas of human need, and assessing student motivations for, obstacles to, and perceptions of service. To date, the instrument has been completed by more than 30,000 college students from over 60 institutions.
For this webinar, join Dr. Don Levy, Director of the Siena College Research Institute and co-creator of the NASCE as he describes the methodology of the instrument, the survey administration process, and the utility of the data for institutional strategic planning related to community engagement.
When: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 2 PM Eastern
Please RSVP to email@example.com with your intent to participate in this free webinar. You’ll be provided with login details upon confirming your participation!
More information is available on this flyer.
The NextGen Illinois project is a new initiative by the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network, Young Invincibles, and several other Illinois organizations to activate young people to shape a unique policy agenda for the state of Illinois, and to equip young adults with the tools to create change within their communities. With the 2014 state elections fast approaching, NextGenIL is working to energize students about state issues and ask them for solutions to some of the state’s biggest challenges.
To gather policy ideas from young people NextGenIL is hosting caucuses, or group discussions, all across Illinois. On September 27, 2014 NextGenIL will gather together 1500 participants (between the ages of 16-34) to vote on some of the best ideas that young people have contributed throughout the process. The resulting agenda, containing the best ideas and supported by young people from all over the state will be delivered to elected officials, candidates, and influential leaders in our state to help shape the conversation for the elections this November and beyond.
For more information, check out the attached info page and newsletter outlining upcoming events. Visit: www.NextGenIL.org to explore the issues students have discussed already.
NextGenIL and AASCU’s American Democracy Project
AASCU’s presence on several campuses in Illinois means there is a network of active faculty and administrators with great connections to students who are interested in public policy and civic activity. NextGenIL would like to connect those students and their faculty members with this great opportunity for student involvement!
NextGenIL is looking for faculty and administrative support for the NextGenIL project on Illinois college campuses in the form of hosting a caucus (20-30 people), discussing or promoting the NextGenIL project during classes, promoting attendance at the convention or asking students to submit their own policy ideas.
For example, professors could opt to host a NextGenIL caucus during their first day of classes this fall to round out the typical focus on the semesters syllabus for a more engaging class. Additionally, offering to help secure space on campus for a caucus and offering extra credit for student participation is a great way to encourage attendance. Hosting a NextGenIL caucus could also be a great way to honor Constitution Day this fall. The NextGenIL team is happy to work with you to customize participation in the project in a way that works for you. But at the heart of NextGenIL is bringing young people of our state together to discuss important aspects of state policy and allowing them to brainstorm their own creative solutions.
Ten years ago, St. Cloud State University (Minn.) hosted one of the first collaborative regional conferences of AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) and Minnesota Campus Compact. Today, civic engagement is more widely recognized as a strategy for supporting students’ academic success and preparation for work, life and citizenship. Yet our work is not finished, and our campuses continue to seek deeper integration of civic learning and engagement into the student experience and campus culture, as well as a clearer sense of the public and educational value of civic work.
This September 28th and 29th, St. Cloud State University will again host another collaborative regional civic engagement conference, designed by two partner organizations, AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) and Minnesota Campus Compact, and now joined by a new community college civic education organization, The Democracy Commitment (TDC). The conference brings together administrators, faculty, staff, students and community partners to further advance the progress we have made together at a regional summit at on September 28 and 29, 2014.
Those in attendance at the Realizing the Civic Mission of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities conference can expect to:
Participation is open to anyone interested. While we encourage participants to come as part of an institutional team, individual campus representatives are also welcome. To find out more about the schedule, conference fees and accommodations, and to register for the event, please visit: http://www.aascu.org/meetings/adptdcregional14/. We thank Hobsons for generously supporting this event and helping to make this program possible.