The Democracy Commitment will be participating in a White House event launching the American Commonwealth Partnership (ACP) and marking the release of an AAC&U Report A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

This event will be streamed live on the internet on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.

The American Commonwealth Partnership is a new collaboration between national organizations and colleges and universities known for their commitment to advancing civic learning and democratic engagement, such as the American Democracy Project, Imagining America, Winona State University, the Kettering Foundation, Northern Arizona University, CIRCLE, Western Kentucky University, NERCHE, and the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College. The American Commonwealth Project is undertaking a yearlong “For Democracy’s Future” initiative to promote higher education as an agent of democracy and a force for public good. For more information about ACP, read a previous blog post here.

The ACP also has an active social media campaign, DemocracyU. All are invited to contribute to their blog (http://democracyu.wordpress.com/), and to interact with ACP on Facebook (www.facebook.com/democracyu) and Twitter (@democracyu).

A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future is a report that maps the next generation of college and university efforts regarding civic learning and democratic engagement. The report is informed by the collective recommendations of civic leaders who participated in a series of national roundtables sponsored by AAC&U, the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement, and the U.S. Department of Education.

I encourage you to tune into this important event. The Democracy Commitment is honored to be participating in the American Commonwealth Partnership, a national effort to promote higher education’s democratic and civic missions.