The ACPL convenes Citizen-Scholars’ Symposia for the purpose of unearthing new ideas and engaging diverse perspectives on a range of issues and topics. Invited participants share original papers and provide feedback on papers authored by other participants. The Citizen-Scholars’ Symposia provides opportunities for participants to test ideas, consider new perspectives, and form relationships with others for ongoing scholarly collaboration. ACPL partners with editors from scholarly outlets to publish symposia proceedings (e.g. The Good Society: A Journal of Civic Studies).
The inaugural symposium was convened January 8–9 2020 and focused on the importance of institutions in strengthening our fragile democracy. During the two-day event, contributors focused on the role that workplaces, non-profit organizations, K-12 schools, and colleges play as mediators through which Americans might learn not only to treat one another with greater respect and understanding, but also to practice a new civic politics: a people-centered, people-driven, co-creative approach to building a common life.
Symposia participants included:
Symposia proceedings were published in a 2021 special issue of The Good Society: A Journal of Civic Studies.
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