Civic Learning & Civic Engagement Conference

April 17, 2019

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education presents:

Making Democracy Work:
Civic Learning and Civic Engagement in Higher Education

5th Annual Conference on Civic Learning and Engagement
Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fitchburg State University


“Democracy has to be born anew every generation,” said John Dewey just over 100 years ago, “and education is its midwife.” Given the competing priorities that pull at each of our institutions, how do we claim civic education as a core part of our academic mission? How do we build the learning opportunities—in our classrooms and in our communities—that enable students to develop the knowledge, the skills, and the dispositions and motivations they need to participate effectively in civic life? This conference—the fifth annual conference on civic learning and engagement sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and co-sponsored for the second time by Campus Compact for Southern New England—offers faculty and staff from colleges and universities across southern New England the opportunity to explore with peers how we can cultivate in our students the habits of democracy.

For more information, please contact Dr. John Reiff, DHE Director of Civic Learning and Engagement, at jreiff {at} bhe.mass(.)edu.

Schedule Overview

8:15 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM: Welcome
9:30 AM: Keynote Presentation – Cultivating Democratic Habits for Learning, Work, and Life: Caryn McTighe Musil, Association of American Colleges and Universities
10:30 AM: Break
10:40 AM: Table Discussions
11:40 AM: Lunch
12:30 PM: Breakout Session I
1:30 PM: Break
1:40 PM: Breakout Session II
2:40 PM: Move to Concluding Session
2:45 PM: Concluding Session
3:00 PM: Adjourn

For full workshop descriptions and schedule, please visit the registration page.