Cultivating Civic Friendship

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Professor Randall Curren's presentation addresses the cultivation of civic friendship on university campuses and the extent to which efforts to promote character development and inter-group contact on these campuses is, or could be, beneficial for the civic culture of the institutions and the larger society. Key questions include: What contributes to the formation of civic friendship and what undermines it? What efforts do universities make to promote inter-group understanding, trust, and willingness to work together for the greater good? What are the limitations of their ability to shape student culture in ways favorable to civic friendship? Where is there room for improvement?

Randall Curren is Professor and Co-Chair of Philosophy and Professor of Education (secondary) at the University of Rochester. He was the Ginny and Robert Loughlin Founders’ Circle Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2012-2013) and held concurrent research professorships at the Royal Institute of Philosophy (London) and the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham (England) in 2013-2015. His recent and forthcoming works include Patriotic Education in a Global Age, with historian Charles Dorn (University of Chicago Press, 2018), Living Well Now and in the Future: Why Sustainability Matters, with geologist Ellen Metzger (MIT Press, 2017; Beijing Normal University Press, 2021, in Chinese), and the Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Education (2022). His current projects are focused on well-being in education and education for civic friendship.

Professor Curren's talk was delivered on July 11, 2022, for the Hamilton College Summer Program in Philosophy held in Clinton, New York.

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Hamilton College Summer Program in Philosophy

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Philosophy Department, Hamilton College

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Clinton, NY, USA

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Hamilton Scholarship Series

Hamilton College Summer Program in Philosophy

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