Engaged Learning Forum Series

The Engaged Learning Forum series aims to advance the Center for Social Concern's approach to practicing Catholic social teaching through community-engaged research, teaching, and learning by highlighting local campus and community experts as well as nationally recognized experts. Presentations could include community partners and students as well as faculty. Presentations might do one of the following: highlight a model of exemplary work (e.g., an engaged department), share engaged research/scholarship in progress for feedback, provide awareness around a developing campus/community issue, launch/celebrate a relevant book, showcase the results of or work in progress funded by a Community Impact Grant, report/analyze engaged learning experiences, or highlight an external scholar whose work expands local knowledge and/or skills. 

Presentations will vary in their appeal from welcoming the curious novice to providing advanced learning for people who have completed Community Engagement Faculty Institute (CEFI) or have advanced experience in engagement. Overall, the goal is to provide a regular series of robust conversations that gather interested and active engaged scholars and practitioners.

Engaged Learning Forum - "Community-University Partnerships: Fostering Knowledge for Social Change"

Thursday, September 19, 12:00–1:30 PM; Geddes Hall Coffee House

Dr. Ira Harkavy, University of Pennsylvania

12:00 PM | Lunch available
12:30–1:30 PM | Presentation 

Dr. Harkavy is the Associate Vice President and Founding Director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. He has helped to develop academically based community service courses and participatory action research projects that involve creating university-community partnerships and university-assisted community schools in Penn's local community of West Philadelphia. Harkavy teaches in history, urban studies, and Africana studies, as well as in the Graduate School of Education. In addition to this forum, Dr. Harkavy will spend two days on campus meeting with faculty, graduate students, and others to discuss public scholarship and higher education.                                                                                                                                                                     

Please invite others who might be interested by forwarding this invitation. RSVP by 5:00 p.m. September 12, 2019. Registration is required. If you later have to miss, please let us know to allow for another guest. Register here
Cosponsors include the Center for Social Concerns, Office of Public Affairs, the Center for Civic Innovation, and the Office of the Provost.

Please direct questions to Jay Brandenberger or Jackie Franco.

Engaged Learning Forum - "Civic and Political Engagement and Higher Education"

Thursday, November 7, 2019; 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM; Geddes Hall Coffee House

Dr. Nancy Thomas, Tufts University

Dr. Nancy Thomas directs the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life. IDHE is an applied research center that studies higher education’s role in American democracy and supports college and university student political learning and participation. The Institute's signature initiative, the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) examines student voting rates, patterns, and conditions. Through NSLVE, nearly 1,200 U.S. colleges and universities (including Notre Dame) receive tailored reports containing their students’ aggregate voting rates following each federal election. Dr. Thomas' work and scholarship include college student civic learning and participation in democracy, campus climates for political engagement, deliberative democracy, political equity and inclusion, campus free speech, and academic freedom. She holds a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a law degree from Case Western Research University’s School of Law. She is an associate editor at the Journal of Public Deliberation, a senior associate with Everyday Democracy, and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network. Thomas currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Public Deliberation and is a senior associate with Everyday Democracy. Space is limited. Registration is required and open to staff, faculty, and graduate students. Please RSVP by October 28, 2019. Grad students register through GradConnect (counts as credit for Certificate in Community Engagement and Public Scholarship[p CEPS).

Beginning the day after the Fall 2019 election, Dr. Thomas will spend two days on campus meeting with faculty, graduate students, and others to discuss the intersection of civic/political engagement and higher education. Cosponsors include the Department of Political Science, the Constitutional Studies Minor, and the Office of the Provost. 

Engaged Learning Forum - Community Impact Roundtable

Friday, December 6, 2019; 12:00PM - 1:30PM; Geddes Hall Coffee House

Dr. Viva Bartkus, University of Notre Dame, and Dr. Richard Jones, University of Notre Dame

Details to be announced soon

Engaged Learning Forum - "CBL from the Inside Out"

Wednesday, February 19, 2020; 12:00PM - 1:30PM; Geddes Hall Coffee House

Dr. Pam Butler, Michael Hebbeler, Kyle Lantz, and Dr. Susan Sharpe, University of Notre Dame

Details to be announced soon

Engaged Learning Forum - "Words and Actions: Teaching Language Through the Lens of Social Justice"

April 2020 exact date/time TBA; Geddes Hall Coffee House

Dr. Cassie Glynn, Department of Education, Concordia

Details to be announced soon



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October 2019

Information Session: Urban Plunge 2020
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 4:00pm
Information Session: Urban Plunge 2020
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 4:00pm
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November 2019

Application Open: SSLP 2020
Friday, November 1, 2019 (All day)
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Friday, November 1, 2019 - 11:00am to 11:45am
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Film CLASSics - Norma Rae
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Storytelling for Change
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
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Labor RAPS | The Just Wage Initiative: Unveiling an Online Tool
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ISSLP Interview Day
Sunday, November 17, 2019 (All day)

December 2019

Deadline: Romero Days 2020 Paper Proposal
Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 11:45pm
Dialogue and Listening toward Community Building
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm