Seminar with Harry Boyte

Awakening Democracy: Higher Education and the Dignity of Work
March 19, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Memorial Union, 301 E Orange St, Tempe, AZ 85281
Tempe Campus
Pinal Room #227


Harry Boyte is the Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg University. He is the architect of the center’s public work approach to civic engagement and democracy and the creator of Public Achievement. Boyte has worked with a variety of foundations, and non-profit, educational, and citizen organizations in the United States and abroad concerned with community development, citizenship education, and civic renewal.

Boyte served as a senior advisor to the National Commission on Civic Renewal and presented research findings at a Camp David seminar on the future of democracy. He is the author of nine books on citizenship, democracy, and community organizing, and his writings have appeared in more than 100 publications including the New York TimesPerspectives on PoliticsKettering Review, and the Wall Street Journal. In the 1960s, he worked for the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a field secretary with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the Civil Rights Movement. His areas of expertise include civic engagement; theory and practice of democracy; citizen politics; citizen professionalism, international democracy promotion; national service initiatives.

For background on Boyte's work, please see his call for a new civic covenant, a recent piece he wrote for The Nation, and a review of his latest book in the Boston Review.