The symposium will dive deep into the complex and often problematic issue of defining democracy, and how civic action, education and art factor into the conversation. The panels are questioning our individual assumptions and our understanding of democracy within the United States, probing deeper into the role of the everyday citizen in defining the very concept of democracy. Given the current political climate, many individuals and groups find themselves at a crossroads with regards to race, immigration, education and personal responsibility, amongst other issues. We must ask ourselves whether our actions shape our democracy or does our democracy shape our actions?”
12:30-2:00pm: Panel 1: Restoring Civic Culture
2:30-4:00pm: Panel 2: Educating for a Democratic Society
5:00-6:30pm: Closing Conversation
The closing event will pair the artist Mel Chin in conversation with Johns Hopkins Professor of Political Science & Africana Studies, Professor Lester K. Spence. The participants will consider the role of art within a democratic society and the role of the everyday citizen in defining democracy.
Friday, September 22 at 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Falvey Hall: Brown Center
1301 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217, USA