Forum on Civic Engagement: National and International Perspectives


Wednesday, December 5, 2007
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Heller School, Schneider Building.
Classroom G-4.

"The only title in our democracy superior to that of president is the title citizen." - Justice Louis Brandeis

In conjunction with the Student Union's Brandeis Citizenship Campaign and the launch of the Eli Segal Citizen Leadership Program, this forum explores the philosophical and practical dimensions of "civic engagement" at the present moment. At a time when conventional boundaries and certainties are increasingly blurred, what does it mean to be a "citizen" of a university, a region, a nation, and the international community? What are the ethical responsibilities of the next generation of leaders committed to visions of social equality, justice and dignity for all people? Is "civic engagement" to be understood as compensation for the limitations or inadequacies of the state, or does such engagement offer possibilities for profound democratic renewal in the contexts of government and civil society?

Welcome by Shreeya Sinha, President of the Brandeis Student Union

Panelists include:

  • Mark Auslander (Anthropology & Cultural Production)
  • Sarita Bhalotra (Heller/Sustainable International Development Program)
  • Dirck Roosevelt (Education)
  • Andreas Teuber (Philosophy)
  • Carmen Siriani (Sociology)
  • Eileen McNamara (Journalism)
  • Maura Jane Farrelly (Journalism)

Sponsored by the Brandeis Student Union; the Office of Global Affairs; the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life: and the program in Cultural Production.