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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Youth Civic Engagement

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life



Books and Papers


Sigal R. Ben-Porath. Citizenship Under Fire: Democratic Education in Times of Conflict. (Princeton University Press, 2009).


Eamonn Callan. Creating Citizens: Political Education and Liberal Democracy. (Oxford University Press, 2004).


Amy Gutmann. Democratic Education. (Princeton Univeristy Press, 1999).


Meira Levinson. No Citizen Left Behind. (Harvard University Press, 2012).


Meira Levinson. Making Civics Count: Citizenship Education for a New Generation. (Harvard Education Press, 2012)


Meria Levinson. The Demands of Liberal Education. (Oxford University Press, 1999).


Stephen Macedo. Diversity and Distrust: Civic Education in a Mulitcultural Democracy. (Harvard University Press, 2003).


Erik Owens. "Religious Freedom and Civic Education in American Public Schools". American Institute for Contemporary German Studies 2007.


Diane Ravitch and Joseph P. Viteritti. Making Good Citizens: Education and Civil Society. (Yale University Press, 2001).


Martha Minow, Richard A. Schweder, and Hazel Rose Markus. Just Schools: Pursuing Equality in Societies of Difference. (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010).


Patrick J. Wolf, Stephen Macedo, David J. Ferrero, and Charles  Venegoni. Educating Citizens: International Perspectives on Civic Values and School Choice. (Brookings Institute Press, 2004).


Other Resources


Robert N. Bellah's lecture on "Religion, Citizenship and the Crisis in Public Education", given at Emory University in 1985.


Ellen Condliffe Lagemann and Harry R. Lewis. "Renewing Civic Education". Harvard Magazine, March-April 2012.


Visit the website for Harvard Graduate School of Education's Civic and Moral Education Initiative, co-convened by Meira Levinson.


See recent research on the civic and political engagment of young Americans at CIRCLE (The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement) at Tufts Univeristy, particularly the 2003 Special Report: The Civic Mission of Schools.

Visit the webiste for Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools.