Democratic Education in an Age of Difference: Redefining Citizenship in Higher Education / Edition 1

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Over the past two decades, American campuses have become embroiled in debates and controversies over multiculturalism, curriculum, free speech, and other issues of social, ethnic, sexual, and racial differences. But out of this turbulence some exciting, innovative experiments have emerged to show students and academic leaders that there are promising maps to bridge acknowledged differences and to create a dynamic new unity behind the principles of democracy.Democratic Education in an Age of Difference details some of those experiments-among them learning communities, residential communities, and public service'and reveals how each approach fosters the development of democratic sensibility, citizenship skills, and multicultural fluency. The authors create a new vision of democracy and democratic education more suitable to a multicentric society.They address the need of colleges and universities to design educational experiences that promote the objectives of a free society while recognizing and embracing difference. And they include a valuable discussion of successful programs that raise issues of democratic sensibility, citizenship, and cultural diversity through sophisticated and promising programs. The in-depth analysis of these exemplary programs offers educators models that are adaptable to the wide variety of campus environments.

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"An excellent resource for faculty and student affairsprofessionals in all segments of higher education who want tobetter understand their mutual relationships and responsibilitiesin preparing students for a pluralist democracy.? —Gwen Dungy,executive director, NASPA

"Campus leaders besieged by critiques of the academy will find thisbook a wellspring of inspiration, encouragement, and practicalexamples. Guarasci, Cornwell, and their colleagues show us that,beyond the rhetorical storm we call the culture wars, facultymembers are inventing new forms of learning and service in whichstudents engage the complexity of American experience and learn totake new kinds of responsibility for the quality of our communallives. An inspiring book." —Carol Schneider, executive vicepresident, Association of American Colleges and Univerirector,American Commitments: Diversity, Democracy and LiberalLearning

"Democratic Education in an Age of Difference proposes a curricularresponse to the contemporary dilemma in the U.S.: how to reconcilethe quintessential American dream of an ideal democratic communitywith the culture of difference which characterizes our societytoday. The authors eloquently and persuasively argue thatinstitutions of higher learning must maintain an ethos which notonly defines and dignifies difference theoretically, but also inpractice. A focused and pragmatic discussion of an issue central totoday's campuses." —Tamar March, dean, Academic Programs,Radcliffe College

'In a time of cacophonic claims and narrowing horizons, a criticalchallenge seems to face liberal education: how to link intellectualperformance to the imperative of a multicultural Americancivilization. The unusual and practical solutions offered in thisbook should be read by all who are confronting this criticalissue.? —Ahmed I. Samatar, dean and professor, InternationalStudies and Programming, Macalester College

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RICHARD GUARASCI is dean of Hobart College and professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith College in New York. GRANT H. CORNWELL is associate dean and associate professor of philosophy at St. Lawrence University in New York.

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Table of Contents

1. Democracy and Difference: Emerging Concepts of Identity,Diversity, and Community(Richard Guarasci, Grant H. Cornwell)
2. Community Based Learning and Intercultural Citizenship(RichardGuarasci)
3. Finding Community Across Boundaries: Service Learning in Women'sStudies(Mary K. Trigg, Barbara J. Balliet)
4. Residential Colleges: Laboratories for Teaching ThroughDiffernece(Grant H. Cornwell, Eve Stoddard)
5. Learning Communities: Collaborative Approaches to EngagingDifferences(Roberta S. Matthews, Daniel J. Lynch)
6. Intergroup Relations, Conflict, and Community(DavidSchoem)
7. Liberal Education as Intercultural Praxis: Citizenship in aDiverse Democracy(Richard Guarasci, Grant H. Cornwell)

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