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A Civil Care: The Public Library in a Time of National Disunion

Gratz College Summer Institute 2022 Keynote

Andrew Nurkin
Hart Associate Professor of the Practice at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy
Sunday, July 10
1:00 pm ET Online


The United States in 2022 seems at a point of political and social fracture. Nearly every institution, including the public library, has become a vector for the compounding challenges threatening our democracy. Yet perhaps more than any other institution, libraries offer common ground on which we might begin the long work of creating democracy anew. In a moment when scholars and commentators openly speculate about the possibility of a new civil war, this talk will ask how the public library can help us imagine and bring about a civil care.

This free program is the keynote opening to the 2022 Gratz College Summer Institute for graduate-level students. It is also open to the public. This program is generously funded by The Deena M. Grossmann Memorial Lecture in Education.

Free program  

See full event page to register.