The annual Frontiers of Democracy conference is taking place June 23-25, 2016 at Tufts University’s downtown Boston campus.
Thursday, 6/23, 6:00-7:30 p.m.: Joseph Hoereth, Hélène Landemore, Frances Lappé, Tiago Peixoto
Friday, 6/24, 4:15-6:00 p.m.: Danielle Allen, Laura Grattan, Talmon Smith, Victor Yang
We will hear brief, inspiring "short take" talks from these speakers:
Download the bios as a PDF document.
Most of the time will be spent on 90-minute, interactive sessions called "learning exchanges." For details, please visit this page.
5:00 PM Registration and Reception
5:45 PM Welcome and Opening Remarks
6:00-7:30 PM Four "Short Takes," followed by group discussion (Joseph Hoereth, Hélène Landemore, Frances Moore Lappé, Tiago Peixoto)
8:00 AM Breakfast/logistics
9:00-10:30 AM Six Concurrent Learning Exchanges
10:30-10:45 AM BREAK
10:45 AM-12:15PM Six Concurrent Learning Exchanges
12:15 PM LUNCH
1:15-2:45 PM Six Concurrent Learning Exchanges
3:45-3:00 PM BREAK
3:00-4:15 PM "Text, Talk, Vote" – plenary participation/interaction
4:15-6:00 PM Short Takes (Danielle Allen, Laura Grattan, Talmon J. Smith, Victor Yang) followed by discussion
8:00-9:00 AM Networking Breakfast
9:00-10:30 AM Panel: Civic Tech – 1. Carmen Hicks, 2. Chris Wells 3. Jesse Littlewood 4. Nigel Jacob
10:30-10:45 AM BREAK
10:45AM-12:15 PM Six Concurrent Learning Exchanges
12:15-12:30 PM Closing Remarks
Tisch College at Tufts University is proud to sponsor this annual conference in partnership with The Democracy Imperative and Deliberative Democracy Consortium. Frontiers of Democracy draws scholars and practitioners who strive to understand and improve people’s engagement with government, with communities, and with each other. We aim to explore the circumstances of democracy today and a breadth of civic practices that include deliberative democracy, civil and human rights, social justice, community organizing and development, civic learning and political engagement, the role of higher education in democracy, Civic Studies, media reform and citizen media production, civic technology, civic environmentalism, and common pool resource management. This year, the theme of the conference is “the politics of discontent,” which we define broadly and view in a global perspective.
Looking for assistance in revamping or strengthening your public engagement strategies, structures and tools? Public Agenda's team will help you assess the strengths and weaknesses of public engagement in your community; explore potential benefits of more sustained forms of participation; develop practical skills for planning for stronger engagement infrastructure; and demonstrate a mix of small group and large group discussions, interactive exercises, case studies and practical exercises.
This preconference session for the Frontiers of Democracy 2016 conference is hosted by Tisch College. Space is limited and registration is required. Click here to register by June 16th.
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 9:30am - 4:30pm; Tufts University Medical School, 145 Harrison Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02111
Cost: Early Bird $275 (by May 15, 2016) or Regular $350 (after May 15, 2016). Questions? Contact PE@publicagenda.org or call Mattie at 212-686-6610 ext.137
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 1 to 4 p.m.
Last October, 70 civil rights groups wrote to the U.S. Department of Education complaining about “discriminatory behavior” and on-line hate speech on Yik Yak and other social media sites highly relevant to colleges and universities. On social media, individual and targeted groups of students have been threatened, insulted, abused, and defamed based on their social identity and political views. The writers reminded the Department that racial and gender-based harassment violate Title IX and VI, two federal civil rights laws. They demanded that the anonymous posts be investigated and that colleges and universities be required to set up “geofences,” virtual boundaries or at least warnings about hostile speech. Civil rights activists are not the only ones who are alarmed by misogynistic or racist speech on Yik Yak. At one institution, three female professors were giving a class lecture while 230 students in the class exchanged comments that included dozens of posts that were demeaning, crude, and sexually explicit. At the suggestion of the Department of Education, many institutions have enacted new versions of conduct codes to stop group harassment. Yet FIRE, a free-expression-on-campus watchdog, continues to publish an annual list of colleges and universities that support policies that FIRE deems as infringing on the First Amendment right to free expression.
Although Yik Yak is only two years old, bullying based on social identity is hardly new. Nor is this challenge to higher education. People of color, low income, first-generation, immigrant, multi-lingual, and “nontraditional” students represent increasing percentages of postsecondary students. While colleges and universities seek to create welcoming environments conducive to learning for all students, they sometimes face a backlash by a few vocal and hateful individuals. At the same time, institutions want to protect students’ constitutional (for public institutions) and normative (for private institutions) right to unfettered speech.
In this workshop, we’ll review the laws of nondiscrimination, scope of First Amendment rights to free expression, and some effective (and not-so-effective) approaches to improving campus climate for diversity and encouraging free expression.
Ande Diaz, Allegheny College
Margaret Brower, Tufts University
Nancy Thomas, Tufts University
There is no fee for Frontiers participants. If you would like to attend this workshop but cannot attend Frontiers, please contact email@example.com.
Thanks to all the participants and attendees who made last year's gathering a successful, thought-provoking event. The following playlist includes all "short take" talks from the 2015 Frontiers of Democracy conference. Watch individual presentations on our YouTube channel. You can also check out the online conversation as it happened through #DemFront.
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