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In this lecture Professor William Egginton argues that that our education system has come to embody the very social and economic inequality it should be challenging. As a result, it is helping to amplify political and social divisions in our country, and making it harder for democracy to function. After sketching a history of the factors that contributed to this trend, he turns to a series of recommendations for how to refocus our educational institutions on the goal of supporting a sense of national community and civic engagement. This lecture is held in conjunction with Dr. Michael Fischer’s course “The Humanities and Democracy.” It is free and open to the public.
Professor Egginton is the Decker Professor in the Humanities and director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute at the Johns Hopkins University.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Chapman Center Auditorium
One Trinity Place, San Antonio, Texas 78212
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