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University's annual Engagement Symposium to highlight how dialogue, deliberation are vital for polarized public issues

How to engage voices to effectively address communities' most pressing issues will be the focus of Kansas State University's 2018 Engagement Symposium, "Powerful Dialogue: Engaging Community Issues in Polarizing Times." To learn more, click here

ICDD awarded Kansas Health Foundation grant for Affordable Housing forums

“Community Solutions to Affordable Housing” has received a 2-year Impact Grant from the Kansas Health Foundation.  The project has been undertaken by faculty and students affiliated with health, community planning, and communication, and is managed by the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy (ICDD), in consultation with the MHK Affordable Housing Community Action Group (AHCAG). Read more here.

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.

A Public Voice:  Safety and Justice deliberations

Public input from forums held over the past year in Kansas and five other states were presented to Congressional staffers at A Public Voice event May 9 in Washington, D.C. ICDD Assistant Director Dr. Tim Shaffer collaborated with other National Issues Forums leaders in this first phase of an on-going project to engage the public in discussions of community policing issues. View the discussion guide.  

Reconstructing Civility: 2017 Engagement Symposium

Modes of engagement were highlighted in a symposium addressing the problems of polarized public discourse, in the wake of a contentious election year. The event was part of Championing Civility Week at Kansas State University.