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Association of American Colleges and Universities (Washington, DC 20009-1604)
Caryn McTighe Musil (Project Director: June 2015 to November 2017)

Humanities in the Public Square
Public Programs

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$200,000 (approved)
$199,851 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016

Citizenship Under Siege

One national and seven regional forums and related public programs at community colleges exploring the changing definitions and challenges to American citizenship.

“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice...” Yet who is seen as belonging to “We,” not just legally with full rights, but in terms of culture, language, and recognized identities? And can one fully practice it if curtailed by economic inequality or racism? Entitled citizenship is still differentiated by multiple factors. In an age of fractious differences when finding common ground seems elusive, to bridge the rifts The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and The Democracy Commitment (TDC), joined by seven community colleges, will orchestrate a series of eight public forums under the common theme, Citizenship Under Siege. We believe this tapestry of national and regional forums underscores how the humanities still are “the heart of the matter, the keeper of the republic—a source of national memory and civic vigor, cultural understanding..., and the ideals we hold in common.”