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Prof. Bob Calvert Publishes To Restore American Democracy: Political Education and the Modern University, Essays from 2003 DePauw Symposium

February 15, 2006

Robert Calvert Restore.jpgFebruary 15, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - To Restore American Democracy: Political Education and the Modern University, by Robert E. Calvert, professor of political science at DePauw University, has been published by Rowman & Littlefield. The book is a compilation of critical essays by participants in a week-long symposium, "Political Education and the Modern University," which took place April 7-12, 2003 on the DePauw campus.

Contributors include: Benjamin R. Barber; Robert G. Bottoms; Robert E. Calvert; Jean Bethke Elshtain; William A. Galston; Todd Gitlin; Stephen Holmes; Leroy Rouner; Michael J. Sandel; James B. Stewart; Cass R. Sunstein; Michael Walzer; Roger Wilkins; and Alan Wolfe.

A synopsis by the publisher states: "At a time when democracy in America suffers from a profound sense of cynicism, lack of trust, and disengagement, especially among young adults, this book is a much needed antidote. Here are original essays by some of the most distinguished and insightful political thinkers of our time. No armchair observers, they have advised presidents, been public servants, testified before Congress, helped other countries draft constitutions, worked as journalists, and won teaching awards. They participate ardently in the polity and civil society they write about here."

robert calvert.jpgIt continues, "The main focus of the essays is what role universities might be able to play in reviving a sense of citizenship and civic responsibility in our society. They represent different perspectives and differing opinions, making this a rich stimulus for discussion and action. At stake is nothing less than the future strength of democracy in the United States."

Learn more about To Restore American Democracy: Political Education and the Modern University at and Barnes & For more on "Political Education and the Modern University", which was supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, click here.