Academic Engagement in Public and Political Discourse: Proceedings of the Michigan Meeting

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Andrew John Hoffman

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Kirsti Ashworth

Lancaster University - Lancaster Environment Centre

Chase Dwelle

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Peter Goldberg

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Andrew Henderson

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Louis Merlin

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Yulia Chhabra

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Norma-Jean Simon

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Public Health

Veronica Taylor

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Medical School

Corinne Weisheit

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Sarah Wilson

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Natural Resources & Environment

Date Written: May 1, 2015

Abstract

This report and the conference it summarizes are an examination of how we, as academics, practice our craft; how we work to make it more relevant to broader publics and responsive to pressing societal problems. In May 2015, more than 40 speakers (including 4 University Presidents) and 225 registrants attended a three day conference at the University of Michigan to focus on four key themes: (1) What is engagement and should we do it? (2) What are the ground rules for public and political engagement? (3) What models have worked, and what can we learn from them? (4) What are the obstacles to engagement, and how can they be overcome? The contents of this report are about the kinds of research we conduct, but even more, it is about the public meaning and goals of that work. Ultimately, it is about who we are as a university and what it means to be an academic in a society facing complex scientific, technological, and social challenges. We come to this discussion driven by a deep concern that the academy is facing a crisis of relevance.

Keywords: Research, Education, Public Engagement, Role of the Academic

Suggested Citation

Hoffman, Andrew John and Ashworth, Kirsti and Dwelle, Chase and Goldberg, Peter and Henderson, Andrew and Merlin, Louis and Chhabra, Yulia and Simon, Norma-Jean and Taylor, Veronica and Weisheit, Corinne and Wilson, Sarah, Academic Engagement in Public and Political Discourse: Proceedings of the Michigan Meeting (May 1, 2015). Ross School of Business Paper No. 1367, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2965014 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2965014

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Kirsti Ashworth

Lancaster University - Lancaster Environment Centre ( email )

Lancaster Environment Centre
Lancaster University
Lancaster, LA1 4YQ
United Kingdom

Chase Dwelle

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering ( email )

2350 Hayward Street
2340 GG Brown Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125
United States

Peter Goldberg

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor ( email )

500 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

Andrew Henderson

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor ( email )

500 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

Louis Merlin

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor ( email )

500 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

Yulia Chhabra

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor ( email )

701 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

Norma-Jean Simon

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Public Health ( email )

1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
United States

Veronica Taylor

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Medical School ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI
United States

Corinne Weisheit

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor ( email )

500 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

Sarah Wilson

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Natural Resources & Environment ( email )

440 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

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