The University of Maryland has launched a campus-wide initiative on the intersection of public education, American democracy and civic engagement called “Democracy Then and Now: Citizenship and Public Education.” Through a series of conversations, lectures, student projects and voter registration drives, the initiative will engage UMD students, faculty and staff on the historical and contemporary relationship between public education and citizenship.
“It is the responsibility of a land-grant institution to educate students in preparation for citizenship in both a professional and personal context,” said Mary Ann Rankin, UMD’s senior vice president and provost. “It’s gratifying to see so many scholars join together across campus to advance public education and civic participation.”
The initiative spans more than a dozen colleges, schools, departments and offices across the university. For the eight weeks leading up to the November elections, the initiative will trace the history of UMD as an original land-grant institution responsible for fostering civic engagement, and will offer perspectives on the shifting educational and political opportunities of Americans, documented and undocumented.
The keynote event is a reading and conversation with Claudia Rankine, award-winning poet and author of “Citizen: An American Lyric,” which holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the non-fiction category. The conversation will take place on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at UMD. The event is free but tickets are required.
For more information on “Democracy Then and Now: Citizenship and Public Education,” including a full listing of events, visit http://dtn.umd.edu.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Historic Visions of Education at the University of Maryland
Democratic Readings of Addison’s “Cato” Then and Now: Classical Receptions Before and After Barack Obama
Agriculture and Resource Economics Week
The Unifying Role of the Land-Grant University in 21st Century America
Public Education in the Early American Republic
WORLDWISE: ARTS AND HUMANITIES DEAN’S LECTURE SERIES
Informal Meeting with Students
Most Americans Shouldn’t Vote
Public and Personal Morality in a Democracy
Rhetoric and Communication Week
Rhetoric and Politics in America: What’s Past is Prologue
Internationalizing U.S. Public Higher Education
From the Schoolhouse Gate to the Jailhouse Door: Constitutional Rights on Campus
Promises of Consent and Equality? Public Education After the American Revolution
American Democracy and Science
Government and Politics Week
The Architecture of Thomas Jefferson for a New Democracy
Citizenship and the Right to Public Education for Undocumented Immigrants
With Justice for All? Bryan Stevenson and the First Year Book
Of Slaves, Sharecroppers and Convicts: Unsettling Clemson University’s History
September 7, 2016
University of Maryland Launches "Democracy Then & Now: Citizenship and Public Education"
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