KF News and Ideas

Ben Barber and 'Strong Democracy,' Remembered

John Dedrick remembers Benjamin Barber.

Deliberative Pedagogy: What Does It Mean to Educate for Citizenship in a Democracy?

​What makes deliberative pedagogy deliberative pedagogy?

Deliberative What? Bridging Deliberation and Engagement in Higher Education

In a recent interview with the local radio station in Manhattan, Kansas, I spoke about the publication of the new book Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement and what it is about.

Hodgkinson Lecture Series Debuts with Author Bill Bishop

Bill Bishop, coauthor of The Big Sort, was at the Kettering Foundation earlier this month to deliver the first Hodgkinson Lecture.

A Public Voice 2017: Safety and Justice

A Public Voice 2017, the Kettering Foundation’s annual exploration of public thinking on key issues, will be held in Washington DC at the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, May 9. This year’s event focuses on an issue important to all Americans: safety and justice.

Introducing College Presidents on Higher Education and Its Civic Purposes

Kettering has recently begun working with college presidents to move beyond their administrative and fundraising roles and provide new leadership for civic engagement—to act as “public philosophers” for their institutions. Beginning with a meeting with a small group of college presidents in July 2015, we found that these presidents were indeed eager to take leadership on themes of democracy and civic engagement on their campuses and with their stakeholders. This blog series offers a space to gather and present their thoughts.

Profile: Rassoul Dastmozd, President, Saint Paul College

This profile is part of a series of conversations with college presidents in various higher education institutions. Earlier conversations in this series were with Adam Weinberg, president of Denison University in Ohio; Katherine Persson, president of Lone Star College-Kingwood in Texas; Katrina Rogers, president of Fielding Graduate University, based in Santa Barbara; and Paul Pribbenow, president of Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

Profiles in Higher Education Civic Leadership

In recent years, Kettering has brought together a series of research exchanges with college presidents on the civic purposes of higher education. In these exchanges, we discovered that presidents are deeply concerned with the state of our democracy and anxious to expand their leadership roles beyond fundraising and bureaucratic administration.

Experience with Deliberation in College Translates to Sustained Political Engagement

According to a recent follow-up study, students who use deliberation to enhance civic engagement efforts in college are still feeling the effects 10 years after the fact.

How Civic Engagement Spread across Six College Campuses

Jay Theis had a newly minted doctorate in political science when he became concerned about the fate of a Methodist church that was closing across the street from his Kansas City home.