Northwestern University

Thu 6:30 PM

Combining Scholarship and Civic Action: A Conversation with Suzanne Mettler

When: Thursday, February 21, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM  

Where: Scott Hall, Ripton Room, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public

Contact: John Robinson  

Group: Sociology Department

Category: Lectures & Meetings

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The winter event of the newly-formed Evanston/North Chicago chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network is a conversation with Suzanne Mettler, the Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions at Cornell University, on “Combining Scholarship and Civic Action,” to be held in the Ripton Room on February 21, 2013, from 6:30 to 8 pm.  

Academic work and civic action often speak to similar issues but nevertheless scholars do not always find it easy to translate their research findings into writing that is accessible to policymakers, journalists and political activists. However, civically-engaged scholarship can add much to the public debate, especially in a climate dominated by punditry and “low-information” politics.  What would this kind of scholarship look like? What could it accomplish? How are scholars today balancing the need to meet the demands of academia with the need to make their work relevant to policymakers and general public?  In this panel, we will grapple with such questions through a dialogue with Suzanne Mettler ( whose contributions widely influence both academic knowledge as well as important debates in the public sphere.  Mettler is the Clinton Rossier Professor of American Institutions at Cornell University and author of The Submerged State: How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy, as well as popular publications in the New York Times, Washington Monthly, and

SSN brings together scholars to address pressing public challenges at the national, state, and local levels. As progressive-minded citizens, SSN members spell out the democratic and policy implications of their research in ways that are broadly accessible. SSN members engage in consultations with policymakers, make regular contributions to the media and share research findings with journalists and bloggers. SSN scholars are also committed to working closely with advocates and leaders of citizen associations to come to better understandings of the nation's social and political challenges. Although SSN participants share a commitment to connecting good public policymaking to citizen engagement and responsive democratic government, members do not all hold the same views and SSN as a whole does not endorse any political party, candidate, or specific policy position.

 A light catered dinner will be served

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