New Civics Early Career Scholars’ Program & The Civic and Moral Education Initiative Conference May 3-4, 2018
Larsen Hall Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
Creating Civic Competence Conference
May 3-4 Harvard Graduate School of Education
How do cultural narratives and institutional structures, in the US and internationally, frame civic identity?
How involved should higher education be in fixing civic problems?
What can we learn from critical pedagogy among marginalized and dispossessed populations?
How do young people become motivated and gain civic identity?
How can we use art to enlarge and innovate civic education?
How do digital media reshape civic participation?
There is, worldwide, rapidly increasing interest in preparing youth for effective civic engagement, and growing attention to civic challenges locally and globally. The definition of civic participation is expanding. Where can rich civic education be found, how can it be promoted and developed? This Conference draws on the innovative work of the HGSE community of civic researchers, with commentaries from distinguished senior scholars in the field.
Some questions the Conference will address:
How do young people become motivated and gain civic identity? How does early experience develop the skills for later civic and moral responsibility? How do digital media reshape civic participation? How can we use art to enlarge and innovate civic education? How involved should higher education be in fixing civic problems? How do cultural narratives and institutional structures, in the US and internationally, frame civic identity, competence and global moral responsibility? How should we sensitively define and measure civic education outcomes in different cultural and social contexts? What can we learn from critical and participatory pedagogy among marginalized, dispossessed and conflict-ridden populations?
The Conference welcomes researchers, practitioners and interested members of the public. We are hosting the Conference in partnership with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. The Center seeks to advance teaching and research on ethical issues in public life. It is integral to the Center's core mission that we produce ground-breaking research and endeavor to spread it, engage in public discourse, and translate our academic outputs to various constituents on campus and beyond.