The Future of Citizenship and Public Service

Syracuse University, home of everything orange and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, was our host for our third “Governing Across the Divide” event, The Future of Citizenship and Public Service. As we have examined how states and cities are responding to opportunities and challenges in governing, we wanted to examine how today’s political environment is impacting individual motivation toward, and perspectives on, public service. This day-long program was modeled on, and combined with, Maxwell’s highly successful Tanner Lecture Series on Ethics, Citizenship, and Public Responsibility, that examines what it means to be an ethical citizen.  The Tanner Lecture Series seeks to expand horizons and spark new conversations about the problems and opportunities we collectively face as citizens of nations and of the world.  Dean David Van Slyke and Maxwell faculty and alumni presented and participated in a series of engaging discussions on strengthening citizenship and public service with a greater focus on intersectoral and intergovernmental participation.

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