Denise Schaeffer ’90 Lecture—Rousseau on the Tacit Dimension of Democratic Education

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What kind of education is best suited to democratic citizenship? Attempts to answer that question today often focus on the promotion of active civic engagement and the cultivation of particular knowledge and skills. Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s political and educational theories in the 18th century inspired some of the current thinking about these matters, but at the same time pose some important challenges to prevailing views. Schaeffer will explore some of the tensions in Rousseau's thought as a way of illuminating some important tensions that persist in the notion of a democratic education, and are worthy of consideration today--especially in the context of a liberal arts education.​

This event is part of the Inaugural Year series, exploring the theme Democracy and Education. What does Democracy and Education mean to you? Share your thoughts—written or video—with us on social media using the hashtag #SLCDemocracyEducation.

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