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An empowering heritage

February 16, 2010

Harry Boyte is moderating a series of online discussions aimed at sparking further thought and action on the role of higher education as an architect of thriving democratic societies. 

The second webinar, which will take place on Thursday, February 24, at 3 p.m. EST (2 p.m. CST), will explore lessons from land grant universities and historically Black colleges and universities engaged in the freedom struggle, and will include practical ideas for promoting student civic development and engagement.

Harry will interview two noted scholars. Scott Peters, a pioneering historian of the land-grant system’s public mission, purposes, and work, will address why and how we need to rethink the story of land grant institutions’ contributions to democracy. J. Herman Blake, a university professor and administrator and a participant in and scholar of the civil rights movement, will explore the role of higher education in the freedom struggle. Cecilia Orphan and Paul Markham will look at practical ways to draw on forgotten histories for today’s change efforts.

Register now to participate in the webcast. Several useful background readings are posted on the site.

Collaborators in the webinar series include the American Democracy Project of American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Campus Compact, Imagining America, the Democracy Imperative, Association of American Colleges and Universities, CIRCLE, IDASA, and NERCHE. The webinar is produced by the Society for College and University Planning.

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