In recent decades, scholars, policy makers, and pundits have lamented the decline of American civic life. Many have declared that this civic decline has—and will continue to—threaten the health and future of American democracy. But has this decline been monolithic? Are there any reasons to hope for the future of American civic culture—and for American democracy?
This conversation will reflect on the recent decades of research and public debate concerning American civic life, including recent threats to the health of America's social fabric, and will contemplate possible practical avenues of revival in the years to come.
This event is presented by the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Civic Renaissance, a newsletter and intellectual community dedicated to civic and cultural renewal. Co-sponsored by the IUPUI University Library, Dean Kristi Palmer will join us to discuss how national service is a priority at the Library and will share what the Ruth Lilly Special Collections & National Service Archives contain and hope to collect.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Noon – 1:00 p.m. ET
Virtually via Zoom
Featuring a conversation with:
Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini senior fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and director, Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy, Stanford University
Leslie Lenkowsky, professor emeritus in public affairs and philanthropy, Indiana University
Moderated by Alexandra Hudson, curator, Civic Renaissance and adjunct faculty member, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy