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Citizenship Under Siege: Humanities in the Public Square

Posted on March 13, 2017

Diversity & Democracy, Winter 2017, Vol. 20, No. 1
Citizenship Under Siege
Humanities in the Public Square

The Preamble to the US Constitution speaks of “We the People”—but who counts as “We the People” is a hotly contested question. In Citizenship Under Siege, a project organized by AAC&U and The Democracy Commitment with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, seven community colleges used the humanities to explore this topic. Featuring the efforts of project participants and educators engaged in similar work, this issue of Diversity & Democracy illustrates the potential of the humanities to illuminate issues of identity and belonging.

From the Editor: Exploring Key Questions of Citizenship through the Humanities

Citizenship Under Siege
Diversity and the Future of American Democracy
By William D. Adams, National Endowment for the Humanities

Clashes Over Citizenship: Lady Liberty, Under Construction or On the Run?
By Caryn McTighe Musil, Association of American Colleges and Universities

Bridges of Empathy: Crossing Cultural Divides through Personal Narrative and Performance
By Dona Cady and Matthew Olson—both of Middlesex Community College; and David Price, Santa Fe College

Affirming Interdependency: Interfaith Encounters through the Humanities
By Debra L. Schultz, Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York

Addressing Wicked Problems through Deliberative Dialogue
By John J. Theis, Lone Star College System, and Fagan Forhan, Mount Wachusett Community College

Creating a Generation of Humanitarian Art Activists (Artivists)
By John Frazier, Miami Dade College

Gentle People
By Christian Carmelino and Sabrina Mendoza, Miami Dade College

An Ethics of Reading?
By Peter Brooks, Princeton University

Campus Practice
Reconsidering Citizenship in the American Republic
By Michael Parrella and Jill Schennum—both of County College of Morris

Free Minds, Empowered Citizens: Changing Lives with the Humanities in Austin
By Vivé Griffith, Free Minds

The Humanities Action Lab: Mobilizing Civic Engagement through Mass Memory Projects
By Liz Ševčenko, Humanities Action Lab

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