Greensboro Democracy Project Becomes Part of New Collaborative
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Reclaiming Democracy Project, a learning initiative begun by Greensboro College and other area colleges, has become part of a new collaborative initiative, Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators.
Dan Malotkey, Lucy H. Robertson Chair of Religion and Dean of the School of Humanities at Greensboro College, is on the steering committee of the new initiative. He has been active in Reclaiming Democracy for years.
The new initiative is being launched by a collaborative called the Bringing Theory to Practice project (BTtoP). It is being funded by a two-year, $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), which serves as the host and partner to BTtoP.
Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators brings together a network of academic-community partnerships, involving 11 colleges and universities from diverse sectors and regions, to do civic-engagement and public-humanities work.
Using cultural practices like oral history or photo-voice, as well as the civic pedagogies of the humanities, these partnerships will develop shared public agendas that ground the setting and solving of community issues in community voice.
They may involve such significant themes as community development, wealth disparities, and environmental justice, but the agendas and action plans will be set through listening and dialogue. Some partnerships will be anchored by a single university; in others, multiple institutions may join together in regional collaboration. All the partnerships will include undergraduate students as key participants, culture-makers, and often cultural brokers.
Participating local institutions also include Elon University, Guilford College, N.C. A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Malotkey holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. He joined the Greensboro College faculty in 2003.
Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.
Founded in 1838 and located in downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia, and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master’s degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features an 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.greensboro.edu