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Book Talk: Democracy and Higher Education

Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Mann Library, 160
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Of all the issues in need of attention at this moment in the history of American higher education, few are as important as the status and future of its public mission, purposes and work. Scott Peters takes this issue up in his newest book, Democracy and Higher Education: Traditions and Stories of Civic Engagement. Through the presentation and analysis of oral history profiles of the public engagement work of a dozen Cornell faculty members, he illuminates and defends an underappreciated tradition of civic professionalism in higher education that includes and interweaves expert, social critic, responsive service, and proactive leadership roles.

Scott J. Peters is an associate professor of education at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and is currently the associate editor for the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement Dr. Peters’ research program is centered on the study of American higher education’s public mission and work, including the role of cooperative extension professionals in making democracy work as it should.

A reception and book signing will follow. The book talk is funded by the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund at Mann Library.

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Associate Professor, Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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