Friday, December 14th, 2012
The “Song of a Citizen” project isn’t especially new, but it’s one we were unaware of until reading this post on citizenship and civic responsibility over at the Besette Pitney American Government and Politics blog.
“Song of a Citizen,” as the website explains, is a “collaboration of thinkers and artists exploring what it really means to be an engaged and effective citizen in modern times — how we-the-people are measuring up — how we can do better — and why we must.”
They have a great series of video op-eds, with short videos by civic leaders such as Amy Gutmann (president of University of Pennsylvania), Alan Wolfe (Boston College), and Peter Levine (CIRCLE), among others.
Here’s one by Dana Gioia, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, in which he speaks about the connection between reading and civic engagement. Check it out: