Brigance Colloquy on Civic Engagement and Public Discourse

After much planning and through the support of a GLCA New Directions Initiative Grant and Brigance Forum endowed funds, the Rhetoric Department of Wabash College is pleased to announce:

The Brigance Colloquy on Civic Engagement and Public Discourse

February 10-12

This colloquy will draw directors and student representatives from five colleges that are pursuing civic engagement initiatives in a wide variety of ways.  These schools include:

* Center for Political Participation at Allegheny College

* Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University

* Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College

* Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College

* Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Center for Civic Engagement at Kalamazoo College

The colloquy will seek to educate the Wabash community of the diverse ways other colleges are pursuing civic engagement initiatives, and to help us consider how Wabash may strengthen our efforts.  The colloquy will be interdisciplinary in focus.  Visitors represent a wide array of disciplines, including all three divisions and a Global Studies program.

There are several public events associated with the colloquy that we encourage students, faculty, and staff to attend.  These public events include:

Keynote Address (as our annual Brigance Forum lecture): Dr. Martin Carcasson, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University, will present, “Changing the Conversation: The Role of Colleges and Universities in Supporting Community Problem-Solving.”  Dr. Carcasson is a leading scholar and practitioner of deliberative communication practices and their role in a range of communities.  February 10 at 7:30pm in Baxter Hall, 101 Lovell Lecture Room.

Civic Engagement Workshop: The workshop will be very pragmatic, focusing on a variety of “best practices” for pursuing civic engagement in higher education with an emphasis on applying these ideas to Wabash.  You will get to participate in three, 25-minute interactive sessions of your choosing (out of a larger number available).  Each session will focus on a single topic, and each will be run by a representative from one of the five visiting colleges.  February 11 from 7:30-9:30pm in Detchon International Hall.

Lunchtime Informational Sessions: Representatives from the visiting colleges will provide snapshots of their programs in two separate panels—one composed solely of the directors of the centers, and one composed solely of the students who will accompany them.  Both panels will provide an overview of the types of activities, programs, and models these schools use to pursue civic engagement efforts, from the perspective of the directors who run them and from students who participate in them.  Time will be reserved for Q&A with the audience.  The two panels will occur simultaneously from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on both February 11  and February 12 in Baxter Hall.  (Directors in Baxter 114, and their students in Baxter 202.)

Open “office hours” with the visiting schoolsRepresentatives from the visiting colleges will be available for any members of the Wabash community to drop in and chat with about the guests’ programs, ideas you may have for Wabash, or to follow-up on topics from earlier colloquy events.   February 11 from 2:30-4pm and February 12 from 9:30-10:30am in Baxter Hall Rogge Lounge.

We are excited about the numerous opportunities the colloquy will provide to explore civic engagement in its many forms—and we hope to see you at the events!

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