Expert on civic engagement will give University Day keynote


Harry Boyte

An expert on civic engagement and democracy will give the keynote address at Oregon State University’s University Day celebration on Sept. 18. Harry Boyte, senior scholar in public work philosophy at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, will speak at 10:30 a.m. in The La Sells Stewart Center.

University Day is the official kickoff of the 2017-2018 school year for OSU faculty and staff. The day begins with a new employee breakfast at Reser Stadium and a reception in The LaSells Stewart Center at 9:30 a.m., followed by the keynote address and the presentation of the University Day awards, which honor outstanding faculty, staff and graduate students. The event is followed by a free lunch for OSU employees and an expo of vendors at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

Boyte is the architect of the Sabo Center’s public work approach to civic engagement and democracy. He has worked internationally with foundations, and non-profit, educational, and citizen organizations concerned with community development, citizenship education, and civic renewal.

Boyte served as a senior advisor to the National Commission on Civic Renewal and presented research findings at a Camp David seminar on the future of democracy. He is the author of nine books on citizenship, democracy, and community organizing, and his writings have appeared in more than 100 publications including the New York Times, Perspectives on Politics, Kettering Review, and the Wall Street Journal. In the 1960s, he worked for the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a field secretary with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the Civil Rights Movement.

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