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The Civic Role of Higher Education

By Matthew Derr

Throughout American history, colleges and universities have provided leadership on the social and political issues of the day. One criterion of the health of our democracy is the active role of higher education in civic dialogue and as a catalyst for change based on prevailing values and advances in knowledge. The issue of our day is not simply an issue of the day, it is the greatest challenge to life on this planet in human history: climate change.

The debate about fossil fuel divestment on higher education’s campuses and boardrooms suggests that there is an illogical division between the academy’s commitment …read more

Source: Huffington Post Green