Conference: Civic Education in Polarized Times

Please join our Zoom conference, Civic Education in Polarized Times, October 29-30, 2021, to be held by the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy! The Institute for Social Transformation is a co-sponsor of this year’s conference, which features papers, commentary, and audience Q&A on pressing issues: In pluralist and conflicted societies, can teachers, particularly those from minority groups, play transformative roles by helping students gain civic maturity and learn how to respect diversity, thereby ameliorating social and political polarization? Do modern democracies need to develop models of civic education that can better prepare and empower student-citizens to be “co-authors of the law,” participants in free speech and democratic governance, and possessors of civic literacy? In an era of division over the content of and approaches to civic education (epitomized in the U.S. by the New York Times’ 1619 Project versus President Trump’s 1776 Commission Report), could there be consensus around promoting “student-centered civic education” by teaching historic struggles for civil and constitutional rights — both as a lens on national history and a tool for undertaking critical evaluations of rights in the present?  What might these models of civic teaching and learning entail? And what other concerns, goals, and models do we need to consider to confront the challenges of civic education in polarized times?  

Click below to register for FREE and read the principal papers. We will provide the Zoom link to registrants shortly before the conference. Please share this information widely with your networks — students, colleagues, and friends!    

The ASPLP is an interdisciplinary society that creates annual exchanges on crucial social issues among scholars of philosophy, politics, law, and other disciplines. We welcome anyone interested to join the ASPLP ($50/year for regular members; $20 for graduate students and emeriti faculty). Register by 11/1 to receive our two recent conference volumes NOMOS LXIII: Democratic Failure, and NOMOX LXIV: Truth and Evidence (forthcoming).

Co-Sponsors: Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics is pleased to host this Zoom conference. It is joined by the following co-sponsors: Princeton’s University Center for Human Values and Department of Politics; Boston University School of Law; University of California-Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformationand the Politics and Legal Studies Programs; and University of Pennsylvania’s Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy

Questions? Please contact Elizabeth Beaumont, Associate Professor of Politics and Legal Studies,

Saturday, October 30 at 12:00pm to 5:30pm

Event Type

Meetings & Conferences

Invited Audience

Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Students, Prospective Students, General Public, Graduate Students





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