Welcome to James Madison University's Civic Engagement website. Its purpose is to pull together in one convenient location information about the many different ways we promote citizenship on this campus--from award-winning programs and innovative courses to inspiring guest speakers and eye-opening service experiences. Browse around and see how we live our mission, every day.
James Madison University sees an educated and civically engaged citizenry as essential to a vibrant democracy. Civic engagement is a developmental process moving one from awareness and curiosity to understanding and action. On this campus, it is fostered by learning activities that cultivate knowledge, skills, motivations, and mutually-beneficial collaborative actions with communities (campus, local, state, national, and global). These activities can be found in the classroom and in experiences and environments that promote social learning, and are chiefly identified by an intentional emphasis on and measurement of civic outcomes. In promoting many different ways of fostering engagement, JMU encourages widespread participation in civic life and fulfills the public purpose of higher education.
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Dr. Kevin R. Hardwick, associate professor of history at James Madison University, will deliver the tenth Annual Governor Henry Lecture at the Library of Virginia at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, November 16, and at Hampden-Sydney College at 4:30 PM on Wednesday, November 17. His lecture is entitled "Partners in Patriotism: Patrick Henry, George Mason, and the Virginia Ratification Debate of 1788.” Hardwick’s publications include Virginia Reconsidered: New Histories of the Old Dominion, Classics of American Political and Constitutional Thought, and Patrick Henry: Economic, Domestic, and Political Life in Eighteenth-Century Virginia. The Annual Governor Henry Lectures are open to the public at no charge. Free parking is available, and a reception follows each event. For additional information, contact the Library of Virginia.