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Democracy & Community Action Reading Group

Democracy & Community Action Reading GroupThe goals of the Democracy & Community Action Readng Group are to facilitate reading for the purposes of being a more informed public about today's political landscape and to facilitate conversation between individuals who have very different views and experiences. This project seeks to reintroduce or reinforce the practice of critical thought as an essentially public practice, drawing on the work the Humanities Institute has already been doing with its Difficult Dialogues program, as well as with its public partnerships, including an existing partnership with the Austin Public Library on our "Controversy & Conversation"  film screening series, and our Community Sabbatical program.

Participants in the  reading group think through what a democratic society is or looks like and will ask questions such as, "At what point does a society move from being democratic to undemocratic?" "Is democracy even desirable?" Participants translate the discussion and theories of democracy into possible actions, asking "What can we d on the local level to build a more democratic society?"

The Democracy & Community Action Reading Group was launched in January 2017 and meets once a month at the Cepeda Branch of the Austin Public Library. Visit our Wiki to learn more about the program and to browse our resources. Please contact HI's Program Coordinator Clare Callahan for more information or to RSVP to our next meeting.


  • Humanities Institute

    University of Texas at Austin
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    Mailcode F1900
    Austin, Texas 78712
    512-471-9056