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Democracy Imperative Conference July 8 – July 11

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
July 8, 2009

More than 270 people from around the country and abroad will convene on campus today for a conference hosted by The Democracy Imperative and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.

The event begins with a reception tonight at Holloway Commons and continues with 40-plus workshops through mid-day on Saturday.

Launched in 2007 and hosted by UNH, The Democracy Imperative is a national network of multidisciplinary scholars and campus and civic leaders in the fields of democratic dialogue, public deliberation, and democracy-building whose mission is to strengthen public life and advance deliberative democracy in and through higher education.

This week’s conference includes such workshops as “Institutionalizing deliberative democracy on campus”; “Democracy matters: Faculty roles and rewards for engaged scholarship”; “Using democratic strategies in the classroom” and “Tech ethics: The values questions raised in a digital democracy.”

A session for students, “Students as catalysts for change,” will discuss what students view as the elements that will keep them politically engaged.  

“A deliberative framing of (and for) leadership and change in universities,” will be led by UNH’s Bruce Mallory and Sheila McNamee.

“As we know from the experience of organizations like Everyday Democracy, participation in democratic processes also can change the ways that people interact with each other at the street level,” Mallory says. “Sustained, facilitated dialogue can alter human relationships, create a sense of self-determination and hope in neglected communities, help young people acquire democratic habits of heart and mind, and shape the destiny of neighborhoods and municipalities.” 

To view the full schedule visit http://www.unh.edu/democracy/conference2009/schedule_full.html.


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