Type: Public event

How liberal education advances democratic engagement: New findings from College and Beyond II


Paul Courant (moderator), Michael S. Barr, Jennifer Brady, Anne Curzan, Allyson Flaster

Date & time

Mar 31, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm EDT


This is a Virtual Event.

Registration is required.

Proponents of liberal education argue that it provides essential preparation for students to become skilled in the arts of democracy. Evaluating the case that liberal education prepares graduates for democratic engagement requires evidence-based findings that reveal how liberal education produces these salutary effects. In this session, researchers will share new findings from the College and Beyond II research study at the University of Michigan that illuminate liberal education’s links to long-term political engagement. Michael Barr, Dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and Anne Curzan, Dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, will discuss the implications of these findings and the ways that undergraduate education prepares students for participatory democracy.

About the Speakers: 

Michael S. Barr: Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy; Frank Murphy Collegiate Professor of Public Policy; Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law; University of Michigan

Jennifer Brady: Senior Research Specialist, Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research (ICPSR), University of Michigan

Paul Courant (moderator): Edward M. Gramlich Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus, University of Michigan

Anne Curzan: Dean, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Geneva Smitherman Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature, Linguistics, and Education; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; University of Michigan

Allyson Flaster: Assistant Research Scientist, Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research (ICPSR), University of Michigan