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Civic Engagement in the Classroom

  • Richard J. Daley Library 801 South Morgan Street Chicago, IL, 60607 United States (map)

In this workshop, we will explore ways in which faculty and the university can more effectively partner with communities, both local and international. We will draw on examples from work within the Chicago Public Schools, from community collaborations in response to increased violence in our Chicago neighborhoods, and from lessons learned from global NGO’s. Participants will have an opportunity to consider ways in which Thomas Ehrlich’s definition of civic engagement as “working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference” can be operationalized in teaching, and augmented by considering sociologist Arthur Frank’s call for a “renewal of generosity,” expanding our sense of hospitality by blurring the borders between classroom and community.