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Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement is an Essential Element of a College Education

Bobby Fong | Posted 05.14.2014 | College
Bobby Fong

As college students mark spring break with fun in the sun, a group of Ursinus College students in the Bonner leaders program are building houses in ra...

The New College Button: Question Assholes

Tom Hayes | Posted 05.04.2014 | Comedy
Tom Hayes

Social media has spawned a new breed of ugly citizen who makes outrageous noise because it gets attention -- and attention is the oxygen of the Internet.

At Last, Someone Invented Innovation!

Irv Katz | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Irv Katz

And it appears to be catching on. Google "innovation conferences" and 28.7 million listings come up. That's a lot of innovating...or conferencing. Wh...

Really, Arizona? Really? What You Can Do About Arizona's Anti-LGBT Law

Poy Winichakul | Posted 04.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Poy Winichakul

One thing is clear: If young people had more say in government, this kind of law wouldn't pass. Here's why.

The TIF Illumination Project at One Year

Tom Tresser | Posted 04.16.2014 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

The TIF Illumination Project is an effort of a group of volunteers in Chicago to expose a decades-old finance scheme that annually extracts almost 500 million dollars of property taxes and places it in a program controlled by the mayor.

Reconsidering the Civic Value of Cooperative Extension Through Stories

Scott J. Peters | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Scott J. Peters

We should never make the mistake of thinking that what's in official reports about Extension (or anything else, for that matter) is the whole story. Or sometimes even the real story. And that we should never confuse official reports, mission statements, theories, lists of goals and objectives, and the like with actual practice.

Pete Seeger: America's Civic Apostle

Peter Alexander Meyers | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Peter Alexander Meyers

It takes rare fortune and fortitude to live, really and richly, in the full span of one's life. Especially if it reaches to a century. From youth to nearly his last breath, Pete Seeger was flat out alive. What did his life show? This simple truth: no one lives alone.

Honoring Dr. King by Ending Capital Punishment

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 03.21.2014 | Black Voices
Diann Rust-Tierney

As capital punishment laws come under closer scrutiny, we can expect to see significant progress away from the practice. However, this will not simply happen with the passage of time. It will require a greater level of engagement from the millions of people who now understand that it is time for capital punishment to end.

Closing the Civic Achievement Gap in an Increasingly Diverse Country

Peter Levine | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices
Peter Levine

As these demographic trends transform the nation, the stubborn achievement and opportunity gaps between ethnic groups and socioeconomic circles become more evident and problematic.

Meet 5 Boomers Who Reinvented Themselves

John Tarnoff | Posted 02.23.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

We're on the doorstep of 2014 -- the Year of the Boomer -- when the youngest Boomers turn 50. I think it's a great year to be looking forward to how ...

Let's Raise Our Grand Voices in Support of Children and Families

Dr. Joan Lombardi | Posted 02.19.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Joan Lombardi

Six years after Mandela launched this group, with help from other leaders from South Africa and around the world, The Elders continue to promote the shared interests of humanity by working on issues ranging from climate justice to promoting equality between men and women to ending conflict in the Middle East to political reform and peace-building processes in Myanmar.

Out of Many, One: Uniting the Changing Faces of America

Donna M. Butts | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

Right now, our political debates pose a false conflict: that our country can't possibly invest in older generations while nurturing younger generations. Yet our work suggests that the American public doesn't share these views.

Smart Growth: Creating Sustainable Cities Through Higher Education

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Jamie Merisotis

The benefits of increased college attainment go beyond economics. Significant social benefits ripple out as well: greater civic and social engagement, higher rates of voter participation and volunteerism, healthier lifestyles, less dependence on public assistance.

Citizenship 101

Jeff Hensley | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Jeff Hensley

We're really good at demanding rights, but we don't seem very interested in taking responsibility for them. Too often self-interest trumps the obligation we share to care for each other and our democracy.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Politics? There's An App For That. | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Whether it's President Barack Obama's famous declaration that "change only comes from the outside," or House Speaker John Boehner's insi...

Enfranchising the Disenfranchised -- A Case for Resident Voting Rights

Luis A. Marentes | Posted 01.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Luis A. Marentes

City and town dwellers have a major interest in the affairs of the communities that surround them. This is particularly the case of those who have become their permanent legal residents, even if they have not earned a national citizenship.

Civic Engagement and Higher Education at a Crossroads

Amanda Moore McBride | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Amanda Moore McBride

We are not naïve enough to argue that civic engagement is the panacea for all that threatens higher education in the United States. We do, however, strongly believe that it is part of the argument we need to make about the important role that our institutions have to play in addressing societal and global problems.

From General Education to Civic Preparation: The Public Purpose of the Liberal Arts and Sciences

Joseph Urgo | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Joseph Urgo

The very concept of a liberal arts core curriculum is emblematic of a level of academic insularity which, in the age of open access, seems untenable.

International Day of Older Persons Opportunity or Obstacles?

Donna M. Butts | Posted 12.10.2013 | Fifty
Donna M. Butts

Every nation should use the Year of the Family as an opportunity to strengthen intergenerational bonds by celebrating each generation's unique contributions to family and community while finding new ways to encourage solidarity among the ages.

What's a Citizen to Do?

Marina Piscolish | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marina Piscolish

Issues and politicians will come and go but the institutions by which we engage must endure. I like to say, "Conflict is an opportunity for positive change." This experience of failed leadership can be just such an opportunity.

Countering the Single Story About Higher Education's Public Purpose

Scott J. Peters | Posted 11.27.2013 | College
Scott J. Peters

Imagining America creates spaces for people to tell, hear, and learn from multiple stories about the public purposes of higher education.

5 Ways to Hold Political Representatives Accountable

Tom Spengler | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Tom Spengler

Politicians may often vote in the favor of lobbyists or other personal interests, but that doesn't mean civic engagement should fly out the window. Keeping tabs on your legislators and actively participating in the political process is the first step to holding our politicians accountable.

The Advantages of a Lame Duck: Officials Should Do More in Their Last Terms

Lily Liu | Posted 11.11.2013 | New York
Lily Liu

An elected official's final term could be a great time for getting things done. All too often, though, this is just not the case as elected officials in their last terms -- a.k.a. "lame ducks" -- opt to ride on cruise control up until their last day.

How to Get Your Voice Heard During the Congressional Recess

Tom Spengler | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Tom Spengler

The congressional recess doesn't mean two-way communication between citizens and legislators can't occur. Small efforts on the individual and community level can have a big impact.

I Have A Dream: Bring Back SNCC

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Harold A. McDougall

I dream that African American youth will find a new sense of purpose and engagement that can help them succeed in everything they do.