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Educating for Democracy Podcast

I hope many of you will take a moment to listen to this inspiring podcast that features George L. Mehaffy, creator of the American Democracy Project. – Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Does it make sense for higher education to be talking about questions of citizenship and democracy at a time when many colleges and universities are grappling with issues like soaring tuition rates, underpaid faculty, and steep budget cuts at many state colleges and universities?

Yes, say both education leaders and citizens at large.

In this Kettering Foundation podcast, Scott London hosts a round table conversation with leaders from higher education and democracy activists about the what the civic mission of higher ed can and should be: service learning, voter information, or something deeper? London then talks to citizen leaders from some new organizations that are springing up around the country, generally on college campuses, that are going beyond conventional definitions of civic engagement. These new organizations are combining the best of what colleges and universities provide—civics courses, leadership development, service-learning programs, community-based research—with the kinds of hands-on, collaborative problem solving traditionally done by community organizations or NGOs.  London has also done a full report on this burgeoning network of organizations, called Doing Democracy.

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Scott London is a journalist whose career spans print, radio and photography. During the 1990s, he was host of Insight & Outlook, a cultural affairs program heard on many National Public Radio stations in the United States. His most recent project for the Kettering Foundation is  Doing Democracy.

George L. Mehaffy is a vice president at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities on oversees the American Democracy Project.

Tom Ehrlich is a senior scholar the the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching at Stanford University, who has worked to measure civic engagement on college campuses as part of Measuring Up: The National Report Card on Higher Education.

Beverly Wade Hogan is the President of Tougaloo College and has focused on increasing civic engagement and responsibility among students at that institution.

George Mehaffy is a vice president at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities on oversees the American Democracy Project.

Martin Carcasson is a professor of communications and director of the Colorado State University Center for Public Deliberation.

Tom Ehrlich is a senior scholar the the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching at Stanford University, who has worked to measure civic engagement on college campuses as part of Measuring Up: The National Report Card on Higher

Beverly Wade Hogan is the President of Tougaloo College and has focused on increasing civic engagement and responsibility among students at that institution.

David Mathews is president and CEO of the Kettering Foundation, as well as former president of the University of Alabama.

Larkin Dudley is an assistant professor at Virginia Tech at the Center for Public Administration and Policy.

Alberto Olivas is the director of the Center for Civic Participation at Maricopa Community Colleges in Phoenix, Arizona.
Joni Doherty is the director of the New England Center for Civic Life at Franklin Pierce.
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