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Envisioning Public/Engaged Scholarship at Swarthmore College
Start Date: 2/3/2017Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 2/3/2017End Time: 4:00 PM

Event Description:
The year 2016 marked the centennial of John Dewey’s Democracy and Education where he deliberated upon the connections among education, the individual and democratic society. It is a fitting tribute that the Swarthmore community gather together to explore the role of the public/engaged scholar and how our work connects to the current state of the democracy. With a multitude of formats and audiences for dissemination, today’s scholars have a unique, but overwhelming opportunity to leverage their research for the public good.

“Envisioning Public/Engaged Scholarship at Swarthmore” will bring faculty, students, and community members together to both highlight and investigate the concept of public/engaged scholarship. The event will feature lunch, a keynote address by Nelson Flores '03, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, panel discussion of Swarthmore faculty members and small group discussions jointly led by faculty members and students.

We need your participation to make this a robust experience. This is part of a year-long discussion of Public Discourse and the Democracy and provides a platform to contemplate the role of scholars in the U.S. Democracy. Essential Questions Include: What is public/engaged scholarship? Does it include civic engagement, community-based learning, community-based research and experiential learning? Why is it an important part of the liberal arts experience? Who is knowledegable, and what is knowledge? Why should we value public scholarship? What is dissemination? How do we define community? How do we create reciprocal relationships with communities? What “counts” as scholarship in academia, and how does/should Swarthmore support public scholars/ship? What are the next steps? What is the relationship between public scholarship and policy change? Where and how does civic, or political, action fit within the work of a public scholar?

The Keynote Speaker for the Colloquium is Nelson Flores '03, Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Flores has a Ph.D. in Urban Education from the CUNY Graduate Center at the City University of New York. His research involves the study of the historical and contemporary instantiations of raciolinguistic ideologies, where language and race are co-constructed in ways that marginalize racialized communities. Dr. Flores has collaborated on several additional studies related to the education of language-minoritized students in U.S. schools. He served as project director for the CUNY–New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals, a New York State Education Department initiative, seeking to improve the educational outcomes of emergent bilingual students through an intensive seminar series for school leaders, combined with onsite support by CUNY faculty. He currently serves as the principal investigator of the Philadelphia Bilingual Education Project (PBEP). (
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Kohlberg
Room: Kohlberg, Scheuer Room
Contact Information:
Name: Arto Woodley
Phone: 610-328-8379
Nelson Flores '03
Open To
Swarthmore Campus Community

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