Public Policy Forum: Saving Democracy Together (APA2356.01)

Susan Sgorbati, Brian Campion & Eileen Scully

Almost a century ago, Franklin D. Roosevelt alerted Americans to the impending global conflict pitting democracies founded on individual liberty against rising fascist dictatorships pursuing “final solutions.” Drawing inspiration from John Dewey’s progressive philosophy, FDR emphasized, “In this conflict the part which education plays in each ideology is crucial. Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.”

This course examines the building blocks and animating principles of representative democracy. We focus on education as the bedrock of an informed citizenry that champions the principles and freedoms at the heart of American democracy. Through guided discussions and curated readings led by expert guests, we will explore the essence of democracy and devise strategies for meaningful engagement. Topics and materials include America’s foundational documents, the nexus of education and democracy, media influence, social justice debates, economic crises, technological instability, environmental stewardship, and the global drift into authoritarianism. Whether you seek to deepen your understanding of democracy or reignite your commitment to civic responsibility, we invite you to join us.

Participants will attend our series of Thursday evening speakers and panels and participate in discussions. Brief response papers will be required for participants taking this course for credit.


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Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 1
Th 7:00PM - 9:50PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 50
Course Frequency: One time only

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