Agent of Democracy: Higher Education and the HEX Journey

How can higher education renew democratic practices not only on campus, but also in communities? What responsibilities do colleges and universities have in maintaining the nation's democracy? This question, and many others, are answered in this book. Featuring essays by 10 thoughtful theorists and practitioners, this book explores the role of higher education in democracy. Ten years of lively discussion in the journal Higher Education Exchange (HEX) forms the backdrop for the book's examination of public scholarship, public work, and "public making" as these themes relate to the building of democracy. Contributors to this volume address such topics as: how higher education prepares citizens for public life, how (and why) universities engage in the larger community, and how we can rediscover the civic roots of higher education.


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