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University of Wisconsin La Crosse political science faculty member Jo Arney has a new book out — Wilderness and the Common Good: A New Ethic of Citizenship (Fulcrum, 2015). Arney is one of the ADP faculty members leading our Stewardship of Public Lands 2015 faculty seminar as well as curating the emerging Stewardship of Public Lands AASCU National Blended Course. Be sure to check out her new book which emerges from this work as well as her recent sabbatical in Yellowstone National Park — it’s certainly what we’re reading!
“Weaving together her personal story, her teaching experiences, and insightful political analysis, Jo Arney has created a thoughtful study of the relationship between citizenship and wilderness. Throughout her study, she makes an eloquent plea for a quest for common ground, rejecting the bitter divisiveness and polarization that characterizes so much of our national political life today. On the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Wilderness Act, Wilderness and the Common Good is a fitting and illuminating tribute.”
— George L. Mehaffy, Vice President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
Why should we save America’s wilderness areas? True and lasting protection for the environment, political science professor Jo Arney (University of Wisconsin, La Crosse) argues, will be borne of a shared understanding of the answer to this question. Wilderness and the Common Good attempts to provide an answer by examining how wilderness and its preservation enriches human lives.
Pre-order your copy of the book from Fulcrum and receive 20% off in the month of June.
The Publicly Engaged Scholarship and Teaching issue of Diversity & Democracy examines the levers for and barriers to faculty and student participation in publicly engaged scholarship and teaching, particularly in the arts, humanities, and design fields. Published in partnership between AAC&U and Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, the issue showcases best practices for advancing publicly engaged scholarship through classroom and community collaborations, tenure and promotion policies, and higher education leadership.
CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY PRACTICE
What We’re Reading: Realizing STEM Equity and Diversity through Higher Education-Community Engagement
The new National Science Foundation-Supported White Paper “Realizing STEM Equity and Diversity through Higher Education-Community Engagement” (January 2015) is what we’re reading.
The purpose of this white paper is to present a promising approach to advancing equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through higher education-community engagement. This paper will advance both the understanding and practice in the field by presenting key findings and recommendations for effective higher education-community engagement in STEM.
This paper is the product of a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the University of Pennsylvania, which supported an international workshop on the role of institutions of higher education in fostering P-20+ community engagement through knowledge production, human capacity building (including broadening participation and the integration of research and education), innovation, and social cohesion. This white paper summarizes the learning and knowledge generated through the international workshop held in the U.S., as well as a second international meeting held in South Africa.
Authored by Ira Harkavy, Nancy Cantor and Myra Burnett, this paper concludes with a series of recommendations, derived from the two international workshops, which have powerful implications for significantly enhancing STEM equity, driving broader participation and producing better science. Moreover, the findings in this white paper demonstrate the value of learning and collaboration on a global basis for reducing inequalities in STEM in communities throughout the world.
Congratulations to our many ADP participants, partners and friends on their contributions to this exciting new book! Democracy’s Education: Public Work, Citizenship, and the Future of Colleges and Universities – it’s what we’re reading!
Educators Can Be Agents, Not Victims, of Change
New book shows how stakeholders in higher education are responding to a new era
Today Americans feel powerless in the face of problems on every front. Such feelings are acute in higher education, where educators experience an avalanche of changes, from cost cutting to new technologies to demands that higher education be narrowly geared to the needs of today’s workplace. College graduates face mounting debt and uncertain job prospects, and worry about an erosion of authentic human relationships. Higher education is increasingly seen, and often portrays itself, as a ticket to individual success—a private good, not a public one.
But this doesn’t have to be the case. The contributors to Harry Boyte’s new book, Democracy’s Education: Public Work, Citizenship, and the Future of Colleges and Universities (Vanderbilt University Press, February 1, 2015), each reflect on and wrestle with the ways colleges and universities can make better citizens, and thus a better country.
Contributors: Harry C. Boyte; David Mathews; Scott Peters; Albert Dzur; Martha Kanter; Nancy Cantor and Peter Englot; Robert Bruininks, Andy Furco, Robert Jones, Jayne K. Sommers, and Erin A. Konkle; Judith A. Ramaley; Adam Weinberg; Maria Avila; Romand Coles and Blase Scarnati; KerryAnn O’Meara; Timothy Eatman; Jamie Haft; Cecilia Orphan; David Hoffman; Julie Ellison; Jenny Whitcher; Robert Woodson; Sam Daley-Harris; Benjamin Barber; Peter Levine; John Spencer; Shigeo Kodama; Xolela Mangcu; Lisa Clarke; Paul Markham
About the Editor:
Harry C. Boyte is Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Visiting Professor at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. He is the author of eight previous books. Boyte’s work has appeared in more than 150 publications including Huffington Post, New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Political Theory, and Change. His commentary has appeared on CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News, and National Public Radio.
Democracy’s Education: Public Work, Citizenship, and the Future of Colleges and Universities
Edited by Harry C. Boyte288 pages • 7×10 inches
Publication date: February 1, 2015hardcover ISBN 978-0-8265-2035-7 $59.95
paperback ISBN 978-0-8265-2036-4 $27.95
ebook ISBN 978-0-8265-2037-1 $9.99
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