From Consumers to Citizens: Higher Education and Religion on the New Commons

Citation: 
From Consumers to Citizens: Higher Education and Religion on the New Commons. Consultation at Columbia University/Union Seminary, New York, NY, 1998.
Abstract: 

The Association for Religion and Intellectual Life held two national consultations on mentoring. The second consultation, From Consumers to Citizens: Higher Education and Religion on the New Commons, was held at Columbia University in June, 1999. In plenary sessions and small workshops, conference participants considered how higher education increasingly has to answer to the public’s inquiries of accountability, and how it could create a critique of “the prevailing ethic of consumerism.” The groups then brainstormed alternative models. In particular, participants examined the role of religion within higher education and the ways in which the partnership between religion and higher education contribute to the formation of “Citizen-leaders” capable of transforming civic life. Other themes that arose during the consultation included mentoring and mentoring communities, the shift from interpersonal to systemic thought, the formation of connected critical thinking, faith development and character formation, the role of contemplation within the intellectual life, teaching and scholarship as vocation, and “the emerging new public commons.” The keynote speakers were Larry Parks Daloz and Sharon Daloz Parks. (KH)

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Association for Religion and Intellectual Life
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