William W. Treat Lecture Series 2: A Polarized Country - Can Schools Help Bridge the Divide?

How can schools in New Hampshire and nationally navigate polarization and inequity to help heal our country’s division? How can schools support civic participation and democracy? Join two thought leaders, Dianna Gahlsdorf Terrell of Saint Anselm College and Peter Levine of Tufts University in this interactive conversation and learn about current efforts and research. 

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Speaker's Biographies:


Peter Levine

Associate Dean, Tufts University

Peter Levine Peter Levine is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Civic Life. Trained as a moral and political philosopher, Levine conducts research and organizes professional efforts related to civic life, civic education, voting rights, public deliberation, social movements, and social capital. 

Levine is author of eight books, including most recently We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America , and the forthcoming What Should We Do? A Theory of Civic Life. He was one of the authors of The Civic Mission of Schools (2003), The College Career and Civic Life Framework (2013) and The Educating for American Democracy Roadmap (2021).

Levine graduated from Yale with a B.A. in Philosophy and earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Oxford University. He helped to found and then led CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research of Civic Learning and Engagement.  He serves on many boards including Street Law, Inc., the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, Discovering Justice, and the American Bar Association Committee for Public Education. 


Dianna Gahlsdorf Terrell 

PROFESSOR of education, st. anselm college, nh professional standards board

Dianna Terrell Dianna Gahlsdorf Terrell is Professor of Education at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Her research interests include civic, democratic, and socially just education; the impact of high stakes tests on curriculum, instruction and assessment, teacher education and the social and political contexts of education. She teaches courses in Curriculum and Assessment and supervises teacher interns. She was Chair of the Education Department at Saint Anselm College, and served as Chair of the NH Professional Standards Board, an advisory body to the NH Board of Education.

UNH Franklin Piece School of Law
The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Service at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law is pleased to co-sponsor this lecture.
NH Humanities This lecture series was made possible with support from the New Hampshire Humanities , in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at  www.nhhumanities.org .

Contact: Martha Madsen - martha.madsen@law.unh.edu

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