Citizen-Scholars’ Symposia

ACPL Citizen-Scholars’ Symposia

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:

  • Harry Boyte, Senior Scholar in Public Work, Augsburg University
  • Albert Dzur, Distinguished Research Professor, Bowling Green State University
  • Carol Lee, Professor Emerita, Northwestern University
  • Anand Marri, Professor and Dean of Teachers College, Ball State University
  • Bobby Milstein, Director, System Strategy, Rippel Foundation; Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Felice Nudelman, Chancellor, Antioch University
  • Rebecca Shamash, Managing Editor, The Good Society; Associate Director of Research, Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, Stanford University
  • Andy Smarick, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
  • Pedja Stojicic M.D., Executive Director, People Power Health
  • Trygve Throntveit, Editor, The Good Society; Director of Strategic Partnerships, Minnesota Humanities Center
  • Kristin Van Dorn, Doctoral Student, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • David Weerts, Professor, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • John Wood, National Ambassador, Braver Angels

Symposia proceedings were published in a 2021 special issue of The Good Society: A Journal of Civic Studies.

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