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President Murphy participates in White House community and civic engagement event on Jan. 10

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You're invited to watch live video of the White House event "For Democracy's Future: Education Reclaims Our Civic Mission," on Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST, concluding from 2:30-3 p.m., in the Campus Center's Fireside Room.

The streaming video may also be viewed at The interruption from 1-2:30 p.m. accommodates concurrent, unbroadcast breakout sessions.

De Anza College President Brian Murphy will participate in the first panel discussion, "Higher Education's Call for Democratic Engagement," following a welcome and remarks from Martha Kanter, U.S. Under Secretary of Education, and Carol Schneider, president, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).

Panelists with Murphy will be Richard Guarasci, president, Wagner College, and Azar Nafisi, executive director of cultural conversations and foreign policy visiting fellow, Johns Hopkins University.

James Leach, chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will moderate the session. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will speak at the conclusion of the event.

For a complete agenda, discussion guide and additional information, go to

The national event will bring together higher education and K-12 leaders as well as policymakers and stakeholders to discuss a national strategy for educating students of all ages in civic learning and democratic engagement.

Other highlights of the event include:

  • The release of "A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future," a report from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. The full text and highlights of the report will be available for download on the AAC&U website.

  • The introduction of the new American Commonwealth Partnership, a yearlong effort across higher education that aims to bring together thousands of universities, colleges, community colleges, schools and other civic partners to promote civic mission and identity. This effort complements the work of The Democracy Commitment, the community college initiative of which De Anza College is a founding member.

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