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Our mission is to build community capacity for informed, engaged, civil deliberation.
Our vision is stronger democracy through enhanced public deliberation.

ICDD
324 Nichols Hall
Kansas State University 
Manhattan, KS 66506 
785-532-6868 
785-532-6808 (fax)
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K-State Votes

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.orgYou can also view sample ballots where you are registered in Kansas from myvoteinfo.voteks.org

Community Solutions to Affordable Housing

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 

Ashley Fick, Johnson County Public Libraries' lead engagement librarian, is one of 64 staff who have taken public issues facilitation training from K-State's ICDD since 2013, and she puts it to work in a rich array of community programs and initiatives.  She and other staff make the most of a diverse calendar of events, planned and sometimes spontaneous, to make conversation a key part of their users' takeaway from the libraries. Read more here.

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.