DWU Stark lecture to address small colleges and democracy

Posted on

DWU in the news logo

MITCHELL – Dakota Wesleyan University will be wrapping up its year-long free Lecture Series on topics of contemporary interest with the final installment scheduled.

The fourth lecture in the series will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Pratt Alumni Board Room in the new School of Business, Leadership and Innovation on the DWU campus. Speaker Harry Boyte is Senior Scholar of Public Work Philosophy and cofounder of the Public Work Academy at the University of Minnesota.

Boyte founded the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the University of Minnesota, and along with Dennis Donovan, co-developed the international youth civic education initiative Public Achievement.  Boyte is a well-regarded lecturer, writer, and intellectual organizer on the topics of democracy and education, civic studies, public work, and organizing history.

Boyte’s presentation is entitled “The Role of Small Colleges in Developing a Healthy Democracy.”  The presentation is free and open to the public and will also be livestreamed at 

Dr. Franklin Stark, Dakota Wesleyan alumnus, endowed the Stark Lectures to bring the stories of those who are “living examples of the truths of the Biblical message” to campus.  Through Dr. Stark’s gift, these presentations which have featured religious leaders, authors, educators, politicians, ethicists, journalists, entrepreneurs and entertainers of national stature, have demonstrated the authenticity of the connection between faith and works.

These events are also made possible in part by funds from a Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) Network Across the Academy grant (Community Partnership initiative). Nearly $700,000 in grants were awarded to Council of Independent Colleges member institutions to help campus leaders support vocational exploration and discernment among undergraduate students.