A project to increase student, staff, and faculty participation in local and national elections started September 25 on National Voter Registration Day. Working with the Manhattan Riley County League of Women Voters and Loud Light, several campus organizations and classes have staffed tables in the Union, dormitory dining halls, and college buildings to register voters in advance of the upcoming November 6 General Elections. Over 300 new or re-registered voters were prompted before the deadline on October 16. Beginning October 17, early voting is available on a walk-in basis for those registered in Riley County. To confirm where you are registered, visit www.vote411.org. You can also view sample ballots where you are registered in Kansas from myvoteinfo.voteks.org.
CSAH is a project based on a 2-year Impact Grant from the Kansas Health Foundation. Community participants in summer Study Circles presented their proposed agenda for action on October 2 at the Manhattan City Commission meeting (watch presentations from 16:40).
Civic Engagement Fellows
Dr. Timothy Shaffer, Assistant Professor of Communications Studies and Assistant Director of the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy (ICDD) at Kansas State University, has been working in partnership with The Kettering Foundation to establish a Civic Engagement Fellows Program for Kansas State University faculty. Read more here.
Public Libraries lead Public Conversations
Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement by Timothy J. Shaffer, Nicholas V. Longo, Edit Manosevitch, and Maxine Thomas
As the public purposes of higher education are being challenged by the increasing pressures of commodification and market-driven principles, Deliberative Pedagogy argues for colleges and universities to be critical spaces for democratic engagement. The authors build upon contemporary research on participatory approaches to teaching and learning while simultaneously offering a robust introduction to the theory and practice of deliberative pedagogy as a new educational model for civic life. This volume is written for faculty members and academic professionals involved in curricular, co-curricular, and community settings, as well as administrators who seek to support faculty, staff, and students in such efforts. The book begins with a theoretical grounding and historical underpinning of education for democracy, provides a diverse collection of practical case studies with best practices shared by an array of scholars from varying disciplines and institutional contexts worldwide, and concludes with useful methods of assessment and next steps for this work. The contributors seek to catalyze a conversation about the role of deliberation in the next paradigm of teaching and learning in higher education and how it connects with the future of democracy. Ultimately, this book seeks to demonstrate how higher education institutions can cultivate collaborative and engaging learning environments that better address the complex challenges in our global society.