July 18-20, 2013, Medford, MA
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Conference Framing and Session Formats
Both in the US and around the world we find ourselves in a dramatic period of civic awakening. We know this work and ideas under different names: public engagement, deliberative and participatory democracy, collaborative governance, educating for democracy and civic learning, public work, building social capital, and strengthening democracy. We promote it using diverse means; we think about it in diverse ways.
It is a good time to rethink what we have been doing and to formulate how it fits into and contributes to this larger effort. At this year’s Frontiers of Democracy conference, we considered a wide picture of work and ideas that support and promote civic vitality. The schedule includes:
- Learning Exchanges on Civic Practice and Education
(Track 1 – multiple concurrent sessions, 8 am – 4 pm, Friday, July 19)
Democratic discussions on hot topics in civic renewal. Designed for academics and practitioners, the sessions shift from the descriptive to the strategic.
- Mini-Conference on Civic Studies
(Track 2 – a day-long academic style conference, 8 am – 4 pm, Friday, July 19)
Panels in a more traditional academic format, but with a focus on debates of key issues, not the reading of academic papers.
- Short Takes
(four sets on each day of Frontiers)
Provocative, 10-minute presentations by invited speakers, some live and some via videos pre-recorded for this event. Each Short Take set will be followed by small-group conversations. For those unable to attend in person, Short Takes will be live streamed.
- Networking opportunities
(receptions Thursday and Friday, a networking breakfast on Saturday, July 18-20)
A chance to connect and collaborate.
- Open Space
(Saturday, July 20)
Propose challenges and issues that are on your mind, convene people who share your interest, and explore opportunities and strategies.
If you want to add your name to the “Frontiers” email list for very occasional updates, you may enter your information here. Frontiers of Democracy is sponsored by the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, the Democracy Imperative, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.
- Short Takes from the 2012 Frontiers Conference
- This page as a PDF
Note: refunds can be made until June 28, 2013 but not after that date.
The events will take place on the Tufts University campus in Medford, MA (02155), at the Granoff Family Hillel Center and nearby 51 Winthrop Street. Parking is available at 419 Boston Ave., Medford. The conference venues are 1.1 miles from Davis Square, Somerville, which has many restaurants and is served by Boston’s subway system, the MBTA or “T.” The station is Davis on the Red Line. A conference shuttle bus will loop between Davis Square and the conference location.
Participants will arrange their own lodging. Hyatt Place in Medford offers a guaranteed rate of $159 per night if you call by June 17 and reserve under the name Tisch College. The Hyatt Place provides a shuttle to Tufts. Hotels in the Harvard Square area and other parts of Cambridge, MA are convenient by “T” or taxi. Downtown Boston is about 20 minutes from Davis Square on the “T.” Tufts recommends selected hotels in the Boston area that offer discounts for Tufts visitors, but Hotels.com lists more than 250 hotels that would be convenient by public transportation. The hostel at Stuart Street in Boston is also accessible by “T.”