UNC Honors Program

Harry Boyte Luncheon & Presentation

Harry Boyte"Renewing the Democratic Spirit: Higher Education as an Architect and Agent of HealthY Communities"

With Harry Boyte, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the University of Minnesota


Monday, October 6, 2008 at 11:30 aM

Panorama Room, University Center

University of Northern Colorado

Free Luncheon and Talk - Tickets are Required Tickets are sold out for this event

Please contact Center for Honors, Scholars, and Leadership for more information, (970) 351-2940.

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Boyte believes that we are on the cusp of a sea change in addressing public challenges and problems from top town, expert driven solutions to self-organizing cooperative citizen efforts which can be summarized as “civic agency.”  This shift can be seen across many fields--public health, poverty reduction, resource management, education and others.

During his presentation, Boyte will discuss how such changes have enormous implications for teaching, communities, and the nature and themes of research/scholarship.  He will highlight developing trends in higher education, such as:

  • shifting instruction from one-way faculty-as-expert learning to much more active, experiential education in which students are importantly helping to co-create their learning both inside and outside the classroom
  • emerging models of professional practice from detached, disciplinary experts to preparation of students who are becoming active, engaged "stewards of place,” seeing their particular knowledge and skills in the context of contributions to building communities
  • expanding research and scholarship with much more attention to cross-disciplinary problems focused research and collaborative work with communities and the public.

This FREE event is sponsored by UNC Academic Affairs and the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership.  Tickets are required in advance and may be obtained through the UNC Ticket Office.

Boyte earned a doctorate degree in political and social thought from the Union Institute. He is  founder and co-director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship and the University of Minnesota and founder of Public Achievement, a theory-based practice of citizen organizing to do public work for the common good which is being used in schools, universities and communities across the United States and in more than a dozen countries. He has worked with a variety of partners in Minnesota, nationally, and internationally on community development, citizenship education, and civic renewal.

His writings have appeared in over 70 publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, Christian Science Monitor, Democracy, Policy Review, Dissent, and PS: Political Science and Politics. His political commentary has appeared on CBS Morning and Evening News, and National Public Radio.  Additionally, Boyte is author or co-author of a number of books including:

  • The Citizen Solution: How You Can Make a Difference (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2008)
  • Everyday Politics: Reconnecting Citizens and Public Life (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004)
  • Building America: The Democratic Promise of Public Work, with Nan Kari (Temple University Press, 1996)
  • Free Spaces: The Sources of Democratic Change in America, with Sara M. Evans (Harper & Row, 1986; University of Chicago, 1992)

For more information, please see Harry Boyte’s full biography at the University of Minnesota or visit the Center for Democracy and Citizenship.