A democracy, John Dewey wrote, "is more than a form of government; it is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience." Perhaps then, the key institutions in a democratic society are not governmental but educational. At the heart of a democracy are practices and institutions that work to support communicative relations, and to cultivate in the citizenry the dispositions needed to participate in the conversation that is democracy. And within educational institutions, it is the arts and humanities that have consistently devoted themselves to addressing the plight of the public by cultivating the arts of conversation and the rigors of self-knowledge.
- Australian Catholic University
- Harvard University