James Madison Center for Civic Engagement

Democracy Matters Podcast: Episode 7, Bring on the Democracy Midwives!

Posted on August 13, 2019

John Dewey said that “Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.” Although people who go to college are slightly more likely to vote, their participation in other forms of political engagement are actually slightly depressed. There is more we can do on the academic affairs side AND on the student affairs side to really make a difference in students lives. In this episode, we speak with Dr. Elizabeth Bennion, Political Science Professor and founding director of the American Democracy Project at Indiana University South Bend, and Andrew Lardie, Associate Director for Service and Leadership at the McKeen Center for the Common Good at Bowdoin College.

Background Materials:

Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines (2017)

Politically Speaking

Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good at Bowdoin College

Suggested by Andrew: Graduating Students into Voters – Ideas42


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