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Awakening Democracy: The Catalytic Role of Higher Education

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Library and Gallery, Albin O. Kuhn : 7th Floor

Social Sciences Forum

Harry Boyte, Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy, Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Augsburg University

“Awakening Democracy: The Catalytic Role of Higher Education”

In a time of profound civic challenges, can higher education be a catalyst for a democratic awakening? Boyte will share evidence that it can be, including pioneering initiatives at UMBC and other institutions that are demonstrating the viability of a politics of public work that bridges divides and develops civic agency. Boyte also will discuss his new book Awakening Democracy Through Public Work: Pedagogies of Empowerment.


Reception and book signing to follow.


Sponsored by: Center for Democracy and Civic Life; Sondheim Scholars Program; Residential Life; School of Public Policy; Shriver Center; Language, Literacy, and Culture Program; Department of Political Science; Sherman Scholars Program

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