At a time when democracy in America suffers from a profound sense of cynicism, lack of trust, and disengagement, especially among young adults, this book is a much needed antidote. Here are original essays by some of the most distinguished and insightful political thinkers of our time. No armchair observers, they have advised presidents, been public servants, testified before Congress, helped other countries draft constitutions, worked as journalists, and won teaching awards. They participate ardently in the polity and civil society they write about here. The main focus of the essays is what role universities might be able to play in reviving a sense of citizenship and civic responsibility in our society. They represent different perspectives and differing opinions, making this a rich stimulus for discussion and action. At stake is nothing less than the future strength of democracy in the United States.
Robert E. Calvert is professor of political science at DePauw University.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Political Education and the Modern University Chapter 3 Between Resignation and Utopia: Political Education and the Modern University Chapter 4 Liberal Education and the Civic Project Chapter 5 The Media, the Mall, and the Multiplex: America's Invisible Tutors and the End of Citizenship Chapter 6 The Values of Media, the Values of Citizenship, and the Values of Higher Education Chapter 7 Public Spaces and MyUniveristy.com Chapter 8 The Culture of Expedience: Liberal Education Meets the "Real" World Chapter 9 Education and Character in an Age of Moral Freedom Chapter 10 Democracy, Character, and the University Chapter 11 How Do We Talk?God Talk and American Political Life Chapter 12 Plato's Dogs: Reflections on the University after 9/11 Chapter 13 The Civic Education of a Black American in a Great Big World Chapter 14 Moral Education and Democratic Citizenship Chapter 15 Utopias Gone Wrong: The Anti-Political Culture of the Modern University and How to Change It