The campus community is invited to the Presidential Faculty Address:
Brigid Harrison, Political Science
"The University as Civic Educator: Growing Students into Engaged Citizens."
Research shows that civic engagement among Americans has been on the decline for the past 25 years. But research also shows that conditions and experiences can be created that foster civic engagement -- and that some forms of engagement and participation exist that researchers aren't even analyzing. For example, new technologies and new communities provide methods and mediums of engagement and participation (i.e. can you be a "good citizen" by having a 100 percent feedback rating in the eBay "community?" Does talking about the war in Iraq on Facebook.com count as "civic discourse?") This lecture examines the stimuli -- both traditional and unconventional -- that universities can use to foster civic engagement among their students so as to create a more participatory and active citizenry.