The Politics of Community Engagement: Engaging Values Beyond Partisan Posturing

April 23, 2014    12:00-1:30 PM (Eastern)


      Eric Hartman     
Faculty Member
Department of Global Studies
Providence College


About this Session:

There is a contradiction at the heart of the higher education civic engagement discourse--that we may be objective and neutral while we engage in an act as overtly political as building democratic citizens. This webinar will briefly review the theoretical bases of democracy and its requirements while illuminating the ways in which those requirements express political actions and values choices. The webinar discussion will then turn to applied approaches to rigorously engaging values discourse in the classroom without falling into partisan bickering or ideological straightjackets. The session will close with a consideration of the capaciousness and flexibility of democratic ideals.


About the Presenter:

HartmanpicEric Hartman is Co-founder and Editor of He received the 2013 Early Career Research Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. He was also awarded the 4 under 40 Impact Prize from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, recognizing his work developing evidence-based curricula to advance global citizenship and for his leadership as Executive Director of Amizade Global Service-Learning from 2007-2010. Through Amizade, where he currently serves on the Board of Directors, he has been fortunate to support community-driven development in Bolivia, Jamaica, the Navajo Nation, Tanzania, and several other locations around the world. This work has led his research to focus on Fair Trade Learning, a conceptualization of educational exchange that prioritizes partnership, reciprocity, and transparency. He recently published, "No Values, No Democracy: The Essential Partisanship of a Civic Engagement Movement," in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning.

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