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Call for chapter leaders & participants for NCDD’s first Book Club!

May 8th update from NCDD:  Kettering has agreed to send out free copies of the book to people who join the book club!  Another reason to sign up today.

I’m really excited about a book that’s about to be published by the Kettering Foundation, called Democratizing Deliberation: A Political Theory Anthology.  The book brings together recent and cutting-edge political theory scholarship on deliberative democracy.

We’re going to be working with Kettering to engage NCDDers around the book’s content, and right now I’m calling for chapter leaders and general participants for the Democratizing Deliberation Book Club — NCDD’s first online Book Club! Sign up today if you’d like to participate, at www.ncdd.org/community/bookclub1-signup.

Here’s what NCDD member Katherine Cramer Walsh (University of Wisconsin-Madison) says about the book:

“This book is a great resource for deliberative democracy practitioners and scholars alike.  It puts in one place seven gems from the literature on deliberative democracy and wraps them in a concise yet thorough genealogy of the concept. This book is not just theory, however. The pieces were carefully chosen to challenge all of us to contemplate the link between talk and action. Presented in this way, the volume provides inspiration and knowledge that will nourish the practice of deliberative democracy in its wide variety of forms.”

I recommend you order your copy now so you can participate fully in the book club when we start.  The book will be available any day now, and copies will be sent out quickly.

Call 1-800-600-4060 to order your copy of the 184-page book, or email your order and mailing address to info@ait.net.  The list price is $15.95, but there is a 20% discount in effect until October.

Call for chapter leaders for the book club…

This book covers topics of great import to our field, and a book club may prove to be a fun way to delve deeper into the book.  It’s always challenging for practitioners to find the time to stay on top of research in the field, so we’re hoping a book club on Democratizing Deliberation will help bridge that research-practice gap a bit as well!

At this point, we’re looking for NCDDers who are willing to serve as “chapter leaders” for each of the 7 chapters, plus the foreward and introduction.  Chapter leaders will be asked to submit a short summary of the chapter for posting on the NCDD blog, including some of your own thoughts and reflections.  Your post will be publicized widely to the D&D community, and Book Club members will be asked to respond, reflect, and discuss your summary and their own thoughts on the chapter via the blog.

Look over the chapter names and authors below, and email me at sandy@ncdd.org to let me know which chapters you’d be interested in serving as chapter leader for.  You may not get your first choice, so please indicate multiple choices if you’re willing.

Foreward by David Mathews
Introduction by editors Derek W. M. Barker, Noelle McAfee, and David W. McIvor


Three Models of Democratic Deliberation by Noelle McAfee
Rhetoric and Public Reasoning: An Aristotelian Understanding of Political Deliberation by Bernard Yack
Difference Democracy: The Consciousness-Raising Group Against the Gentlemen’s Club by John S. Dryzek


Everyday Talk in the Deliberative System by Jane Mansbridge
De-centering Deliberative Democracy by Iris Marion Young


Sustaining Public Engagement: Embedded Deliberation in Local Communities by Elena Fagotto and Archon Fung
Constructive Politics as Public Work: Organizing the Literature by Harry C. Boyte

Democratizing Deliberation: A Political Theory Anthology was edited by Derek Barker, Noelle McAfee, and David McIvor. The collection reframes deliberative democracy to be sensitive to the deep conflicts, multiple forms of communication, and aspirations for civic agency that characterize real public deliberation. In so doing, the book addresses many of the most common challenges to the theory and practice of deliberative democracy.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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  1. Lucas Cioffi says:

    I look forward to it; it seems like it will be fun and productive.

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