Speaker to Present ‘Learning for Democracy’s Future’ as Part of HPU Democracy USA Project

Posted on October 9, 2012.

High Point University Speaker Caryn MusilHIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 9, 2012 – Dr. Caryn McTighe Musil will present “A Crucible Moment: HPU and Learning for Democracy’s Future” at High Point University at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the Francis Auditorium in Phillips Hall. The event is open to the public and no tickets are required.

Musil is senior vice president at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, who also oversees the Office of Diversity, Equity and Global Initiatives. Her presentation is part of the HPU Faculty Cultural Enrichment Grant series.

Her lecture will be based on the National Call to Action, “A Crucible Moment,” for which Musil was the primary author. The Call to Action was presented by the Department of Education at the White House in January 2012, and it calls on U.S. colleges and universities to reclaim their civic mission to educate students for both careers and citizenship.

Faculty at HPU answered this Call to Action by creating the HPU Democracy USA Project, which has already placed students in numerous experiential learning opportunities including both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, a documentary project that has allowed students to interview local citizens and politicians about pressing issues, debate viewing parties and more.

Musil’s visit is being funded by the project as well as HPU’s Service Learning Program. The Service Learning Program is committed to furthering student learning through relevant local community service.

“The Service Learning Program and the Democracy USA Project are HPU’s way of carrying out the call to action Dr. Musil makes in ‘A Crucible Moment,’” says Dr. Joe Blosser, the Robert G. Culp Jr. director of service learning and assistant professor of religion and philosophy.

Parking will be available for community members in the lot behind the Wilson School of Commerce.

For more about the Democracy USA Project, visit

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