I’m interested in having a conversation about the intersections of the humanities, technology, and deliberative democracy. This past year, I’ve worked at the Kettering Foundation and have taken part in workshops among a small group of college faculty who are using deliberation in their classrooms. A consistent theme in our discussions was how technology might facilitate the teaching of deliberation or the act of deliberation. Put another way, what is to be gained by adding technology to deliberation theories and processes? Why and how might humanities faculty combine deliberation and technology in their courses, particularly around the civic mission of many liberal arts colleges? Some brainstorming ideas: discussions about theories of democracy and technology, using deliberative methods via social media, the use of technology to enhance civic engagement with the class, the campus, and the community, and so on.
THATCamp LAC Session – Deliberation and Technology
Sara A. Mehltretter Drury is an Assistant Professor at Wabash College in the Department of Rhetoric.
She attended the 2011 ThatCampLAC (liberal arts colleges).