Jumping into Civic Life: Stories of Public Work from Extension Professionals

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Through eight richly detailed oral histories, Jumping into Civic Life helps open our imaginations to the possibilities for professionals to make constructive contributions to the task of making democracy work as it should. The firsthand stories of public work in these oral histories are told by professionals from six states who chose or were invited to jump into civic life as active participants. Their stories help us see what it means and takes to be a "citizen professional" who respects and supports the capacities, intelligence, expertise, and agency of others. The book's editors are Scott J. Peters, professor in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University; Theodore R. Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental, and regional economics and codirector of the Center for Economic and Community Development at Penn State; and Timothy J. Shaffer, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the assistant director of the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University. Follow this link to order a book. Sourced from the Kettering Foundation newsletter