Posts Tagged 'What We’re Reading'

What We’re Reading: Civic Learning and Teaching

Civic Learning and Teaching CoverCivic Learning and Teaching | Edited by Ashley Finley

Contributions by Sybril Bennett, Dan Butin, Barry Checkoway, Christina P. Colon, Timothy K. Eatman, Patricia Gurin, Barbara Holland, Carole Frances Lung, Biren A. (Ratnesh) Nagda, Seth Pollack, and John Rowden

Civic Learning and Teaching, the fifth and final volume in The Civic Series, contributes to an understanding of why the integration of civic engagement into higher education—both inside and outside the classroom—matters for students, faculty, campus professionals, and community members. From service learning and study abroad to alternative spring break and community-based research, most colleges and universities have created opportunities for students to have “civic experiences.” This monograph suggests that when campus and community leaders work intentionally to connect students’ civic experiences with learning and teaching, students’ learning becomes more fluid, more transformative, and more likely to inspire civic thought and action. Civic Learning and Teaching is available as a PDF.

More information about Civic Learning and Teaching and The Civic Series is available here.

View the full monograph here.

What We’re Reading: NERCHE’s The Challenges of Rewarding New Forms of Scholarship report

NERCHE

The Challenges of Rewarding New Forms of Scholarship: Creating Academic Cultures that Support Community-Engaged Scholarship, a new report by John Saltmarsh, John Wooding and Kat McLellan (2014) — it’s what we’re reading.

According to the authors:

The report is the result of a meeting of that took place on May 15, 2014 involving over 30 faculty and staff from all five campuses of the University of Massachusetts system. The seminar was funded with a grant from Bringing Theory to Practice and was hosted by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and Boston URBAN (Urban Research-Based Action Network).

The purpose of the seminar was to examine a wide range of faculty rewards (including promotion criteria, awards, faculty development support, and policies at various levels) that provide incentives and rewards for faculty to undertake community-engaged scholarship. Community-engaged scholarship focuses academic knowledge to address real-world issues through mutually beneficial, reciprocal collaboration with peers outside the university who have locally grounded knowledge and experience.

The report provides a set of findings and concrete recommendations for both the system office and the individual campuses for measures that can be implemented to advance community-engaged scholarship.

The authors hope that the report can serve as a tool for catalyzing a deeper conversation on campus about supporting and advancing community engaged scholarship.

Download the full report here.

 

[What We're Reading] The Impossible Will Take a Little While by Paul Loeb

ImpossibleCoverSmallPaul Loeb, founder of the Campus Election Engagement Project, has a wholly updated edition of his political hope anthology, The Impossible Will Take a Little While. And free exam copies are available either through his publisher, along with his classic civic engagement study Soul of a Citizen, or first come/first served at the upcoming 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting.

The Impossible explores how the leaders and unsung heroes of world-changing political movements have persevered in the face of cynicism, fear, and seemingly overwhelming odds. After 22 printings and adoption at hundreds of colleges—in every discipline, from first-year common readings to graduate seminars—Editor Paul Rogat Loeb has comprehensively updated the book. It explores what it’s like to go up against Goliath, whether South African apartheid, the dictatorships of Mubarak’s Egypt or Communist Eastern Europe, racial or sexual prejudice in America, or the corporations driving escalating climate change. These stories don’t sugarcoat the obstacles. But they inspire hope by showing what keeps us keeping on.

The Impossible creates a conversation among some of the most visionary and eloquent voices of our times, or any time: Think Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Vaclav Havel, Bill Moyers, and Howard Zinn. Alice Walker, Mary Pipher, Jonathan Kozol, Diane Ackerman, Tony Kushner, Bill McKibben, Paul Hawken, and Marian Wright Edelman. Cornel West, Terry Tempest Williams, Pablo Neruda, Audre Lorde, and Desmond Tutu. Loeb has added valuable new essays, worked with existing authors to update their contributions, and updated his own introductions to speak to a time when students need models for hope more than ever.

For more on this book or to purchase, click here.

Frontiers of Democracy conference 2014 – July 16-18 in Boston

Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, the Democracy Imperative, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium present:

Frontiers of Democracy
July 16-18, 2014
Tufts University, Boston, MA

Register  |   Preliminary Agenda

Who’s on the bus, and where is it going? The state of the civic field
Civic work is proliferating: many different kinds of people, working in different contexts and issue areas, are expanding the ways in which citizens engage with government, community, and each other. It is increasingly clear that growing inequality, social and political fragmentation, and lack of democratic opportunities are undermining our efforts to address public priorities such as health, education, poverty, the environment, and government reform.

But attempts to label the responses – as “civic engagement,” “collaborative governance,” “deliberative democracy,” or “public work” – or to articulate them as one movement or policy agenda under a heading like “civic renewal” or “stronger democracy” – immediately spark debates about substance, strategy, and language.

Though it is clear we have many principles and practices in common, we differ on what we should call this work and where it is headed. In order for “overlapping civic coalitions”* to form, the potential  partners would have to work through goals, assumptions, and differences. Register now and join us July 16-18 for an invigorating, argumentative, civil discussion on the state and future of the civic field.

Visit the Frontiers of Democracy website for more information and a preliminary agenda.

* Peter Levine, We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For, chapter 7 (“Strategies”)


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 229 other followers

Twitter


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 229 other followers