Boyte presentation in Memorial Union during Constitution Week
09/12/2008

Harry Boyte, senior fellow, co-director and founder of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, University of Minnesota, will present "Change Agents: Developing a Renewed Place for Civic Engagement" to Fort Hays State University students and community members of Hays.

The presentation will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Black and Gold Room in the Memorial Union. His presentation is a part of FHSU’s Constitution Week activities.

Boyte’s message will stress the importance of universities developing a broad democratic mission to become more deeply a part of their communities and regions. Boyte strongly believes in the mission for regional universities to become more engaged in activities in their surrounding communities.

Boyte recently published the book, “The Citizen Solution: How You Can Make a Difference,” and is presently working with state, national and international organizations in the areas of community development, citizenship education and civic renewal.

He has co-written or written three other books. His writings have appeared in more than 70 publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, Christian Science Monitor, Democracy, Policy Review, Dissent and PS: Political Science and Politics. His political commentary has appeared on CBS Morning and Evening News and National Public Radio.

Long concerned with the issues involved in community development, Boyte’s early years in civic engagement began with Dr. Martin Luther King. He worked in the 1960s as a field secretary for King with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the southern civil rights movement.

Boyte’s innovative approach to civic engagement and democracy promotion has led him to develop the Center for Democracy’s “public work” approach, a conceptual framework on citizenship. It has gained world wide respect for its theoretical originality and practical efficacy.

For more information, contact Dawne Leiker, Center for Civic Leadership, Fort Hays State University at (785) 628-5592, 628-4303 or by e-mail to dpleiker@fhsu.edu.


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