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Civic engagement expert to lecture at OISE

February 19, 2014

TORONTO, ON – Professor Joseph Kahne, research director of the Civic Engagement Group at Mills College, CA will give a talk on Redesigning civic education for the digital age: Youth and participatory politics at OISE on Monday, February 24.

What does participatory democracy look like for youth today? Amid widespread public concern about dysfunctional political systems, youth have tuned out of traditional politics-as-usual – conflict driven debates, interest groups and elites, and are disengaged. It is clear that civic and political life has changed in the digital age. If we hope to reinvigorate democratic life and re-engage our youth, we must break free from outmoded practices and civic education must change.

Professor Kahne argues that the expanded opportunities (and challenges) associated with democratic life in the digital age require a conversation about the redesign of civic education, based on analysis of a nationally representative survey of youth political engagement and on qualitative case studies conducted by scholars involved in the MacArthur Foundation Youth and Participatory Politics Research Network.

EVENT DETAILS:

WHAT: Professor Joseph Kahne, research director of the Civic Engagement Group at Mills College, CA to lecture on youth and civic engagement in the digital age.

WHEN: Monday, February 24, 2014. Lecture begins at 5:30 and ends at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West, Nexus Lounge, 12th floor South (St. George Subway).

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For more information, contact:

Professor Megan Boler
megan.boler@utoronto.ca

OISE Media Relations
Tel: 416-978-1123
oise.communications@utoronto.ca