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Dickinson College to Host President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities

Portrait of Lynn Pasquerella

Lynn Pasquerella. Photo by Mary Noble Ours.

Educating for Democracy in a Post-Truth Era

by Logan Cort '22

Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, will discuss civic engagement and American educational institutions in a lecture at Dickinson. Her talk, “Educating for Democracy in a Post-Truth Era,” will take place Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium. 

Pasquerella will examine the declining trust in the American educational system and the changing goals of higher education. She will discuss the value of education and how it intertwines and is affected by political and social polarization. Pasquerella will also speak about how civic engagement at the college level is necessary for preparing students to thrive in a global world.

Pasquerella joined the Association of American Colleges and Universities after serving as the president of Mount Holyoke College. Her academic career focused extensively on medical ethics, metaphysics, public policy and the philosophy of law. She also hosts Northeast Public Radio’s The Academic Minute. She is a recipient of Mary Baldwin University’s Sullivan Award for outstanding service to humanity and is the president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She was named one of America’s top 35 women leaders by Diverse Issue in Higher Education in 2019.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of educational studies and Spanish & Portuguese. It is part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Civic Engagement and the Liberal Arts.

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Published January 17, 2020