shaping our future: how can higher education help us create the future we want

As we head away for a long weekend, I share the invitation below. Participants at our Frontiers of Democracy II conference deliberated about the role of higher education using an issue guide created by the National Issues Forums Institute and its partners. Many other citizens across the country have also begun to use that guide. Next Tuesday in Washington–and online–the national discussion will be formally launched.

Shaping Our Future: How Can Higher Education Help Us Create the Future We Want? 

 Watch the launch online

Join us online on Tuesday, September 4 to kick off Shaping Our Future, a year-­long national dialogue on the future of higher education. Through this initiative, students, faculty, administrators, employers, and members of the general public will reflect on how colleges and universities might help the country tackle some of its most vexing problems. Shaping Our Future is organized by the American Commonwealth Partnership and the National Issues Forums. The kick-­off event will include information about forums now being planned on campuses and in communities nationwide.

  Presentation and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

 9 to 11 a.m. Eastern Time, National Press Club

 Speakers and Panelists:

Martha Kanter, U.S. Undersecretary of Education

Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Syracuse University

Muriel Howard, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

Bernie Ronan, Chair, The Democracy Commitment

Kaylesh Ramu, President, Student Government Association,

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Scott Peters, Co-­Director, Imagining America

Harry Boyte, National Coordinator, The American Commonwealth Partnership

Bill Muse, President, The National Issues Forums

David Mathews, President, The Kettering Foundation (via video)

Click here to watch the launch online, September 4, 2012, 9 a.m. (ET)


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Associate Dean for Research and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Concerned about civic education, civic engagement, and democratic reform in the United States and elsewhere.