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Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement

The Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement

The Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE) connects the Linfield student experience with civic discourse and real-world application. The challenges associated with discerning fact from fiction and engaging those with different backgrounds and opinions have contributed to an increase in division and alienation in the United States and throughout the world. Linfield College is strongly committed to developing effective citizens and leaders who are able to listen, to empathize, and to think critically and creatively about complex social issues.

Each year, PLACE provides students the opportunity to:

To promote interdisciplinary inquiry and cross-campus civic engagement, each year the Linfield community selects a PLACE theme that provides a focal point for many of these discussions and activities.

This year’s theme is The Digital Citizen, in which we will explore questions such as “Is the Internet good for democracy?” and “How do we distinguish truth from falsehood in a digital age?”

In 2018-20, we will adopt the broad theme of Revolutions, in which we will explore questions including, "How have major social and political revolutionary movements transformed our social and cultural practices -- and are they necessarily good?” In 2019-2020, we will focus on the effects that radical changes in science and technology have had on day-to-day life.

In sum, PLACE helps Linfield students translate the academic knowledge and personal skills they are developing into applied settings and, in so doing, cultivates more effective citizens and future leaders.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please email us.

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