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College Presidents for Civic Preparedness is proud to publish a series of diverse perspectives, stories, and resources on civil discourse, free expression, and civic preparation from our network of presidents, partners, and practitioners.

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May. 20, 2024

Faculty Institute Impact

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May. 17, 2024

Civic Learning in Higher Education: What Works?

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May. 15, 2024

Members of College Presidents for Civic Preparedness make an impact

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May. 13, 2024

College President Convocation Speech Highlights

College presidents reference the civic commitments in their convocation speeches.
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Apr. 18, 2024

61 College Presidents Unite to Advance Civic Preparedness and Uphold Free Expression on U.S. Campuses

Participating presidents will take campus-specific and collective action, reflecting three shared Civic Commitments.
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Apr. 07, 2024

Takeaways from UChicago Forum for Free Inquiry

Dispatch from University of Chicago’s Inaugural Forum for Free Inquiry and Expression
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Apr. 01, 2024

Overcoming Polarization: Building Bridges in the College Classroom

The Faculty Institute is having a positive impact on creating a network of faculty, as well as pedagogical and practical changes to classroom design and the field of higher education in general.
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Mar. 27, 2024

Civil Discourse and Advancing the Collective Good in Higher Education

Higher education is charged to help shape the next generation of empowered citizens. Yet we’re seeing weekly headlines about the debate and demise of free expression and critical inquiry on college campuses.
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Feb. 29, 2024

Civic Education Must be Made Priority for Young People, Panel Says

Dispatch from the Democracy in Action convening at Wesleyan University
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Jan. 26, 2024

College Presidents for Civic Preparedness Convening at Howard University

Dispatch from the from the College Presidents for Civic Preparedness convening at Howard University.
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Dec. 18, 2023

Argue Joyfully: University of Pittsburgh Commencement Address

The Institute for Citizens & Scholars president Rajiv Vinnakota gave the Winter Commencement address at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Dec. 13, 2023

AEI’s Restoring Free Inquiry & Civility in Higher Education Webinar

Wide-ranging conversation touches on free speech, ways to equip students with civic skills and how to prepare faculty to facilitate deliberative debate in their classrooms.
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Dec. 06, 2023

College Presidents for Civic Preparedness Spotlight

From facilitating guest lectures to introducing faculty training on civil discourse and creating student programming around civic skills, participating institutions are recentering their commitment to developing thoughtful, effective citizens.
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Nov. 30, 2023

Higher Ed Spotlight Podcast – Free Speech, Civility, and College Campuses

Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway talks about the importance of free speech, respectful debate, and civility.
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Nov. 29, 2023

UVA Higher Ed Summit on Free Speech & Intellectual Diversity

Attendees shared ideas on how to support free speech and intellectual diversity on their respective campuses.
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Oct. 11, 2023

PBS, CNN, Forbes, and More Showcase Campus Call for Free Expression

Media highlights of the launch of Campus Call for Free Expression.
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Sep. 21, 2023

Rajiv Vinnakota & President Holloway: Rutgers University Seminar

President Jonathan Holloway welcomes Rajiv Vinnakota to the Rutgers campus for the first 2023 Byrne Seminar Citizenship, Institutions, and the Public.
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Sep. 03, 2023

We Are Standing Up for Free Speech on Campus

The cracks in the foundation of our republic are too large to ignore; our democracy is in crisis.
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Aug. 23, 2023

News Roundup: Campus Call for Free Expression

Check out media highlights from the launch of Campus Call for Free Expression.
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Aug. 15, 2023

Strong Students Make Better Teachers, And Both Create Better Citizens

Michael Roth, president of Wesleyan University shares how promoting civic literacy and political participation is a great step in helping universities make a deeper contribution to public life.
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Aug. 15, 2023

15 College Presidents Unite to Advance Civic Preparedness Across the Country

Presidents from public flagship universities, Ivy-plus campuses, HBCUs, STEM-focused schools, liberal arts colleges, and faith-based institutions are uniting to prepare today’s youth to be well-informed, engaged, and committed citizens

College Presidents for Civic Preparedness is proud to publish a series of diverse perspectives, stories, and resources on civil discourse, free expression, and civic preparation from our network of presidents, partners, and practitioners.

Featured image for “Faculty Institute Impact”
May. 20, 2024

Faculty Institute Impact

Featured image for “Civic Learning in Higher Education: What Works?”
May. 17, 2024

Civic Learning in Higher Education: What Works?

Featured image for “Members of College Presidents for Civic Preparedness make an impact”
May. 15, 2024

Members of College Presidents for Civic Preparedness make an impact

Featured image for “College President Convocation Speech Highlights”
May. 13, 2024

College President Convocation Speech Highlights

College presidents reference the civic commitments in their convocation speeches.
Featured image for “61 College Presidents Unite to Advance Civic Preparedness and Uphold Free Expression on U.S. Campuses”
Apr. 18, 2024

61 College Presidents Unite to Advance Civic Preparedness and Uphold Free Expression on U.S. Campuses

Participating presidents will take campus-specific and collective action, reflecting three shared Civic Commitments.
Featured image for “Takeaways from UChicago Forum for Free Inquiry”
Apr. 07, 2024

Takeaways from UChicago Forum for Free Inquiry

Dispatch from University of Chicago’s Inaugural Forum for Free Inquiry and Expression
Featured image for “Overcoming Polarization: Building Bridges in the College Classroom”
Apr. 01, 2024

Overcoming Polarization: Building Bridges in the College Classroom

The Faculty Institute is having a positive impact on creating a network of faculty, as well as pedagogical and practical changes to classroom design and the field of higher education in general.
Featured image for “Civil Discourse and Advancing the Collective Good in Higher Education”
Mar. 27, 2024

Civil Discourse and Advancing the Collective Good in Higher Education

Higher education is charged to help shape the next generation of empowered citizens. Yet we’re seeing weekly headlines about the debate and demise of free expression and critical inquiry on college campuses.
Featured image for “Civic Education Must be Made Priority for Young People, Panel Says”
Feb. 29, 2024

Civic Education Must be Made Priority for Young People, Panel Says

Dispatch from the Democracy in Action convening at Wesleyan University
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Jan. 26, 2024

College Presidents for Civic Preparedness Convening at Howard University

Dispatch from the from the College Presidents for Civic Preparedness convening at Howard University.
Featured image for “Argue Joyfully: University of Pittsburgh Commencement Address”
Dec. 18, 2023

Argue Joyfully: University of Pittsburgh Commencement Address

The Institute for Citizens & Scholars president Rajiv Vinnakota gave the Winter Commencement address at the University of Pittsburgh.
Featured image for “AEI’s Restoring Free Inquiry & Civility in Higher Education Webinar”
Dec. 13, 2023

AEI’s Restoring Free Inquiry & Civility in Higher Education Webinar

Wide-ranging conversation touches on free speech, ways to equip students with civic skills and how to prepare faculty to facilitate deliberative debate in their classrooms.
Featured image for “College Presidents for Civic Preparedness Spotlight”
Dec. 06, 2023

College Presidents for Civic Preparedness Spotlight

From facilitating guest lectures to introducing faculty training on civil discourse and creating student programming around civic skills, participating institutions are recentering their commitment to developing thoughtful, effective citizens.
Featured image for “Higher Ed Spotlight Podcast – Free Speech, Civility, and College Campuses”
Nov. 30, 2023

Higher Ed Spotlight Podcast – Free Speech, Civility, and College Campuses

Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway talks about the importance of free speech, respectful debate, and civility.
Featured image for “UVA Higher Ed Summit on Free Speech & Intellectual Diversity”
Nov. 29, 2023

UVA Higher Ed Summit on Free Speech & Intellectual Diversity

Attendees shared ideas on how to support free speech and intellectual diversity on their respective campuses.
Featured image for “PBS, CNN, Forbes, and More Showcase Campus Call for Free Expression”
Oct. 11, 2023

PBS, CNN, Forbes, and More Showcase Campus Call for Free Expression

Media highlights of the launch of Campus Call for Free Expression.
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Sep. 21, 2023

Rajiv Vinnakota & President Holloway: Rutgers University Seminar

President Jonathan Holloway welcomes Rajiv Vinnakota to the Rutgers campus for the first 2023 Byrne Seminar Citizenship, Institutions, and the Public.
Featured image for “We Are Standing Up for Free Speech on Campus”
Sep. 03, 2023

We Are Standing Up for Free Speech on Campus

The cracks in the foundation of our republic are too large to ignore; our democracy is in crisis.
Featured image for “News Roundup: Campus Call for Free Expression”
Aug. 23, 2023

News Roundup: Campus Call for Free Expression

Check out media highlights from the launch of Campus Call for Free Expression.
Featured image for “Strong Students Make Better Teachers, And Both Create Better Citizens”
Aug. 15, 2023

Strong Students Make Better Teachers, And Both Create Better Citizens

Michael Roth, president of Wesleyan University shares how promoting civic literacy and political participation is a great step in helping universities make a deeper contribution to public life.
Featured image for “15 College Presidents Unite to Advance Civic Preparedness Across the Country”
Aug. 15, 2023

15 College Presidents Unite to Advance Civic Preparedness Across the Country

Presidents from public flagship universities, Ivy-plus campuses, HBCUs, STEM-focused schools, liberal arts colleges, and faith-based institutions are uniting to prepare today’s youth to be well-informed, engaged, and committed citizens