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Sep 18
Zoom Event / Virtual Event

2020 Dewey Lecture: Building a Civic Temper

This event will take place virtually via Zoom (link will be provided after registration). Register Here.

Working together toward the common good: Prioritizing civic engagement in scholarship and practice.

The Edward Ginsberg Center, in partnership with University of Michigan Museum of Art, warmly invite you and your colleagues to join us for our biannual event.

The Ginsberg Center’s Dewey Series recognizes the enduring legacy of philosopher and educational reformer John Dewey, who taught at U of M in the 1890’s and, later, went on to found the New School for Social Research. Chief among Dewey’s enduring ideas were that thought is the means through which we come to understand and connect with the world around us, and that universal education is the key to teaching people how to abandon their habits and think creatively via learning through doing.

This year's theme is inspired by William James' 1906 Essay, 'The Moral Equivalent of War.' While some of James' assertions are cause for critique, his primary observation that we need to focus on building our shared public life remains more important than ever.