Race, Justice, and Leadership in America
The Civic Discourse Project (2020-2021)
In response to Arizona State University President Michael Crow's call to address recent events across America and the civic crisis of conscience they provoked, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership proposes to lead a program of discussion, learning, and action for a renewal of our common pledge to respect and protect the equal rights of all Americans to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To this end, the theme of this year's "The Civic Discourse Project" will address Race, Justice, and Leadership in America in a virtual series. Each webinar will be dedicated to leaders of thought and action, and will include discussion of the subject of slavery and the founding, the thought of Frederick Douglass, and Lincoln and Slavery, throughout the Fall 2020 semester.
W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington: Addressing the Civil Rights Crisis
Date: Monday, March 15, 2021 | 5 to 6 p.m. (Arizona MST)
W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington disagreed about the best means to realize the promise of freedom and equality for Black Americans contained in the Civil War Amendments. The argument between Washington and DuBois remains of continuing importance in American life because it helps us understand a central point of division in approaches to the same issue today: there is the party of protest, which aligns with DuBois, and a party of self-improvement, more in the spirit of Washington. Does the path to equality for Black Americans lie in protesting injustice, or in pursuing economic and cultural advancement? And to what extent are these two paths, represented by DuBois and Washington, compatible with each other?
Diana Schaub, Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland and a Visiting Scholar in the Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies department at the American Enterprise Institute, and Terrence L. Johnson, Associate Professor of Religion and Politics in the Department of Government, affiliate faculty member of the Department of African American Studies and senior faculty fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs will join us for this conversation.
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Previous seasons of the Civic Discourse Project
2019-2020: Citizenship and Civic Leadership in America
Mark Twain once said that “[c]itizenship is what makes a republic.” The primary purpose of civic education, as envisioned by the Founders, was to instill in our population the civic virtues, basic principles and practices of citizenship that would sustain a republic. What are the characteristics, advantages, duties, and responsibilities of a citizen today? Speakers include Robert Putnam, Yascha Mounk, David Leonhardt, Rich Lowry, Ramesh Ponnuru, and Shikha Dalmia.
2018-2019: Polarization and Civil Disagreement: Confronting America's Civic Crisis
Political and intellectual polarization are a significant contributing factor to America’s civic crisis. By providing forums for civil disagreement, we hope to engage in the intellectual and civic work necessary to overcome the political divide and to renew and enhance America’s capacity for self-governance. Speakers include Jonah Goldberg, Arthur Brooks, and Kristen Soltis Anderson.
2017-2018: Free Speech and Intellectual Diversity in Higher Education and American Society
The school's inaugural lecture series took on the theme of free speech and intellectual diversity on college campuses and in American society as a whole. The school assembled high profile speakers from a range of viewpoints to discuss the meaning of intellectual diversity in education; the new challenges facing freedom of discourse; and the implications of this campus crisis for America’s civic order. Speakers include Jonathan Haidt, Steven Pinker, Allison Stanger, and Harvey Mansfield.
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Through our Civic Discourse Project, the school is able to bring in top minds in civics, academics and public thought for in-person dialogues as well as a regularly aired TV show on Arizona PBS. Not only are all of these public talks are free and open to the public, they are also available for viewing on our website. To be informed when new videos are available, sign up for our newsletter and subscribe to our Youtube channel.