Register today for Rethinking Community, a three-day conference hosted by the Eudaimonia Institute and the Pro Humanitate Institute of Wake Forest University October 19-21, 2017. It is our response to a call by Provost Rogan Kersh, to convene our counterparts across higher education to grapple with the effects of living in a society more virtual, diverse, polarized, and global than ever.
We are well aware that our effort to rethink community exists within specific local and national contexts including: protesting students, boycotted and harassed speakers, debates about safe spaces versus free speech, the end of tenure, hikes in tuition, open carry laws, and white supremacist lawlessness. These experiences are reminders that colleges and universities are not ivory towers able to avoid controversy; rather, our institutions are deeply embedded in communities and are often highly impactful actors in the local, economic, political, and social life, as well as crucial intellectual contributors to our communities.
During this conference, we will bring together scholars, journalists, elected officials, and public intellectuals from across the ideological spectrum for three days of courageous, robust engagement with the animating questions of our academic and political world. This conference is an opportunity to acknowledge, welcome, discuss, and debate our differing, often competing, viewpoints with vigor, intensity, and respect. We fear this kind of engagement is disappearing in the Academy.
Come join world-renowned scholars, journalists, elected officials, and public intellectuals from across the ideological spectrum for courageous, robust engagement with the animating questions of our academic and political world. We are excited to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders willing to meet each other with the mutual respect and dignity necessary fr our communities to flourish. We hope the weekend’s events offer the first of many opportunities—at universities and beyond—for us all to foster open discourse and reflection upon what we expect of our communities, cultures, and selves.
You can contact the organizers of the Rethinking Community Conference at firstname.lastname@example.org.