Diversity & Democracy: Civic Learning for Shared Futures
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Diversity & Democracy Volume 10, Number 3  

Diversity & Democracy
Volume 10,
Number 3
(2007)

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Featured Topic: Shared Futures
Civic Learning in a Diverse Democracy: Education for Shared Futures
Exploring Global Connections: Dismantling the International/ Multicultural Divide
Art and Social Action in Cambodia: Transforming Students into World Citizens
Deconstructing the American Dream through Global Learning
Africana Philosophy: Globalizing the Diversity Curriculum
Campus Practice
The Catalyst Trip: A Journey of Transformation
Recommitting and Re-Energizing Community Engagement in Post-Disaster New Orleans
Perspectives
Indigenous Peoples' Issues as Global Education: Theory and Activism in the Classroom
Improving Opportunities for Latino/a Students through Civic Engagement
Research Report
Advancing Cultural Literacy in the Core Curriculum
And More...
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Opportunities

In Print

Making a Real Difference with Diversity: A Guide to Institutional Change, Alma R. Clayton-Pedersen, Sharon Parker, Daryl G. Smith, José Moreno, and Daniel Hiroyuki Teraguchi (AAC&U, 2007, $20.00 paperback)

This monograph, published by AAC&U, lays out a comprehensive set of guidelines for campuses wishing to improve not only access for underrepresented minority students, but also campus climates and knowledge about diversity for all students and faculty. Building on the qualitative and quantitative findings of the James Irvine Foundation’s Campus Diversity Initiative (which ran from 2000 to 2005 in select California schools), the authors offer a comprehensive guide to campus diversity work. Stressing the importance of integrated self-evaluation, the monograph suggests promising practices and outlines specific steps to success. It is an indispensable resource for diversity practitioners hoping to advance and revitalize their own approaches to diversity work.

Higher Education in a Global Society: Achieving Diversity, Equity, and Excellence, Ed. Walter R. Allen, Marguerite Bonous-Hammarth, Robert Teranishi, (Elsevier, 2006, $99.95 hardbound)

This extensive volume in the series “Advances in Education in Diverse Communities: Research, Policy, and Praxis” examines the status of diversity in global higher education. Resulting from a 2003 conference at the Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy, the collection implicitly argues for international interdependence, particularly in the realm of higher education. Case studies from various nations serve as models for change and illustrate the essential role of national and local context in diversity work. Contributing scholars present a range of approaches and solutions that argue for diversity education as an imperative for creation of a just society. They examine the need for systemic change that influences both pipelines and student attitudes.

Higher Ground: Ethics and Leadership in the Modern University, Nannerl O. Keohane (Duke University Press, 2006, $24.95 cloth)

In response to the substantial economic and social pressures inherent in the modern university, Keohane reasserts the notion of public leadership in higher education. Drawing on her experience as president of Wellesley College and Duke University, the author argues through this collection of essays and speeches that the modern university has an essential responsibility to produce informed citizens capable of ethical action in the world. A large part of this responsibility, Keohane notes, involves increasing institutional diversity, both for the sake of broadening access to education and to enhance the learning experience for all students. Placing the modern university in its historical context, Keohane illustrates the continued relevance of liberal education in an increasingly global society.

Shades of the Planet: American Literature as World Literature, Ed. Wai Chee Dimock and Lawrence Buell (Princeton University Press, 2007, $24.95 paperback)

In this anthology of literary criticism, editors Dimock and Buell challenge the philosophical and geographical boundaries between America and the globe. Through a series of essays on literature and culture written by preeminent scholars—Susan Stanford Friedman, Eric J. Sundquist, and Homi K. Bhabha among them—the editors illustrate the importance of contextualization. Their anthology argues, both implicitly and explicitly, that by shifting the field of inquiry from hermetic “America” to a series of mutable, interdependent global contexts, scholars reach a more comprehensive understanding of their subject matter. Although engaged specifically with literature and American Studies, the collection’s arguments have far-reaching implications for scholarship in a wide range of disciplines.

Questions, comments, and suggestions regarding Diversity & Democracy should be directed to Kathryn Peltier Campbell at campbell@aacu.org.
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