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Common Theme 2014-15Engaging in Public Life

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Civic Engagement Development

Monday, May 4, 2015, 7:00 pm

MAC 208

Connie Flanagan is a professor in the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her scholarship focuses on adolescents’ political theories and on the factors in communities that foster identification with and action for the common good in young people. She has conducted research on this topic in the United States and with colleagues in nine other nations. Her current work explores the potential of place-based stewardship education to nurture commitments to the environmental commons. Flanagan’s 2013 book, Teenage Citizens: The Political Theories of the Young, won the 2014 Best Authored Book Award from the Society for Research on Adolescence. Other awards include the 2015 Blanche F. Ittleson Award from the American Orthopsychiatric Association for research linking civic engagement, social justice, and youth well-being; the 2012 Research Prize from the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University; an honorary doctorate in Humanities and Social Sciences from Örebro University in Sweden. Flanagan is a member of the National Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge and serves on many national and international advisory boards such as CIRCLE (

Great Books Discussion Group

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Brown County Central Library

Rebecca Meacham, Associate Professor of Humanistic Studies and English, will lead a discussion on “Beloved” by Toni Morrison.