Engagement in a Time of Polarization: An #Antigonish2-style Open Course

β€œThe serious threat to our democracy is not the existence of foreign totalitarian states. It is the existence within our own personal attitudes and within our own institutions of conditions which have given a victory to external authority, discipline, uniformity and dependence upon The Leader in foreign countries. The battlefield is also accordingly here – within ourselves and our institutions.”
(John Dewey, 1939)

Thursday, the FCC voted to end #NetNeutrality.

Okay, I’m in Canada. But most of the platforms and providers I use – for my teaching, my professional presence, my research, my entertainment, and all the blurry spaces in between – are not. They’re primarily US platforms.

So the repeal and what it means for education concerns me – even up here in the Maritimes – as a scholar, a higher ed professional, and a member of society.

(Sure, the open internet is a TERRIBLE platform for speech and justice. Point. But as Tressie McMillan-Cottom states very clearly, “the end of net neutrality also means the regulation-by-capital of online spaces where minority groups shut out of traditional media, politics, and economies have thrived.” So things are only set to get more stratified from here on out. That’s a problem.)

It’s not a problem any of us has a tidy solution for. But. Maybe it’s time to announce that some of us are convening an open conversation to try to grapple with some of what’s at stake: politics and polarization and participatory models for engagement and change.

From February 12-26, 2018, Dr. Natalie Delia Deckard and myself will facilitate a two week “pop-up MOOC” on EdX, with Davidson Now.

We want to invite you to join us.

Engagement in a Time of Polarization will be a discussion as much as a course, with provocations and live hangouts with leaders of this cultural conversation of the moment. Mike Caulfield, Chris Gilliard, Kris Shaffer, and (hopefully) Zeynep Tufekci will all join us, supported by Davidson’s Sundi Richard and staff, faculty, students and alumni. And all of you. πŸ™‚

It’s the next step for #Antigonish2, as a concept and a network. We’ll explore some of the history and legacy of adult ed participatory engagement, then dive into what this means today, across education, government, and media.

Registration on EdX will open soon. If you want to be notified, sign up for the #Antigonish2 mailing list using the form on the sidebar to your right, and I’ll be happy to let you know when we’re open for engagement.

All welcome. Please share.

4 Replies to “Engagement in a Time of Polarization: An #Antigonish2-style Open Course”

  1. I’m finally on the list but may send it in again away. Recent problems with medical records supposedly secure and well handled online makes me paranoid and less than trusting in electronic. On the other hand, if the algorithm misplaces this, it won’t affect my breathing.

    Yes, I want to take this course.

    I’ll also flog it about various networks and social media. Both adjunct activists and local community partnership (with communication problems) would benefit.

  2. You’re on the list, Vanessa! And when registration on EdX *does* open, you’ll likely see multiple breathless announcements from me on various channels, in addition to the newsletter notification. Can’t hurt! And all sharing welcome (“all flogging welcome” sounded wrong). πŸ™‚

    Looking forward to this conversation. Thanks for lending your interest, energy, and attention.

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