Frontiers of Democracy II:
Innovations in Civic Practice, Theory, and Education
July 19-21, 2012, Boston, MA
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and join the conversation using the hashtag #demfront.
Thursday, July 19
8:30am to 5:00pm Registration and two pre-conference sessions
- Planning for Stronger Local Democracy (9 am to 5 pm) on comprehensive, long-term, sustainable forms of public engagement.
- Pedagogies of the Street – In the Classroom (8:30am to 4 pm) on promising curricula and pedagogies for democratic education and engagement.
5:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks – Watch the live feed
Note: The “sessions” described below are not conventional conference panels. They are sets of provocative 10-minute presentations by invited speakers, some live and some via videos pre-recorded for this event. The speakers’ topics will be diverse. Instead of following their presentations with Q&A and plenary discussion, we will go directly into small-group conversations that will be generally inspired by the speakers but not limited to their remarks.
Session I – Watch the live feed
- Kristen Cambell, National Conference on Citizenship
- Jamila Raqib, Albert Einstein Institution
- Amii Omara Otunnu, UNESCO Human Rights Chair
- Is there a global civic awakening?
- How can we advance cross-national learning to contribute to this awakening?
Friday, July 20
8:00 Registration opens and breakfast available
9:00 Opening Plenary
9:45 Session II – Watch the live feed
- Brad Lander, New York City Council
- Valerie Lemmie, former city manager of Cincinnati, Ohio, and current district director for U.S. Rep. Mike Turner
- Meira Levinson, Harvard Graduate School of Education
10:30 Small-group conversation:
- What is the role(s) of public officials in new forms of democracy?
- How should we measure the value and progress of new kinds of engagement?
- How are online tools being used for engagement, and what are the most promising avenues for innovation?
12:45 Session III – Watch the live feed
- Cecilia Orphan, University of Pennsylvania
- Peter Kiang, University of Massachusetts – Boston
- Archon Fung, Harvard/Kennedy School of Government
- What are the essential components of civic education today?
- How do we increase civic agency for all people?
- Do equitable processes lead to equitable outcomes?
Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?
(This is a project of the American Commonwealth Partnership and National Issues Forums, and we will use this issue guide for the discussion.)
4:00 Open Space meetings
Breakout meetings on topics suggested by participants
5:00 Closing Remarks
Including highlights of Twitter discussion
5:30 Adjourn for the day
(participants on their own for dinner)
Saturday, July 21
9:00 Session IV -Watch the live feed
- Eric Gordon, Engagement Game Lab
- Lew Friedland, University of Wisconsin
- What are the most constructive roles for the ‘media’ (new, old, or in-between) to play in public life?
- At the 2009 No Better Time conference, a younger participant asked “Why is ‘politics’ a dirty word?” – has ‘politics’ become a dirty word again?
10:15 Session V – Watch the live feed
- Martha McCoy, Everyday Democracy
- Luz Santana, Right Question Project
- Eric Liu, Guiding Lights Network
- Is it possible and productive to introduce democratic practices into undemocratic forms of governance?
- What are the prospects for injecting truly democratic practices into the 2012 election cycle?
11:30 Closing plenary – Watch the live feed