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Higher Education Exchange 2004

The Higher Education Exchange is an annual journal from the Kettering Foundation that serves as a forum for new ideas and dialogue between scholars and the larger public. Essays explore ways that students, administrators, and faculty can initiate and sustain an ongoing conversation about the public life they share.

The 2004 edition celebrates the tenth anniversary of the journal. Below is an excerpt from the introduction…

We’re celebrating! This issue of the Higher Education Exchange marks the tenth anniversary of the journal. I vividly remember when I turned ten; the magic of being “double digits” was not lost on me. I am the youngest of six sisters, so my achieving that goal of a decade of life was not quite the milestone in the family history, perhaps, as it had been for my older sisters. But I knew it marked a kind of coming of age. It meant a certain maturity I had been unable to claim until then. And so it is with this milestone in the life of HEX. (I know it should read HEE, but my coeditor vehemently objects to that acronym and he’s such a valuable partner in this adventure, that I acquiesce.)

Over this decade, the theme of public scholarship has emerged as the journal’s calling card. In each issue, we’ve featured
essays from faculty who are experimenting with a different way of relating to the community — both the university community and the community of citizens beyond the campus. We’ve featured a few articles, far fewer than we would like, from students who have been caught up in the excitement (and disappointment) of what it means to be a public scholar. We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the numerous examples of universities who have created partnerships with community organizations to practice public scholarship. Today, we would call them “engaged universities,” a term that wasn’t in vogue when we began this venture. I’d like to think we had a hand in that term, and its attending practice, becoming more commonplace.

And so we pause, but just for a moment, to pat ourselves, and you our readers and contributors, on the back. It’s been wonderful to be a part of a burgeoning movement of scholars, administrators, faculty, and students who truly believe in a public form of knowledge and scholarship that will build a more invigorated public life for all of us. It makes sense to reflect on this milestone and try to tease out what these past ten years of the journal have meant.

– Deborah Witte, Editor of the Higher Education Exchange

…along with the contents of the journal…

Contents of the 2004 Edition

Deborah Witte

“Talking the Walk”: Making Sense of HEX (1994-2004)
David Brown

What Is “Public” About What Academics Do? An Exchange
Robert J. Kingston and Peter Levine

Education for Democracy: A Conversation in Two Keys
David D. Cooper

Getting the Public’s Intelligence: An Interview
Noëlle McAfee

Bringing Democracy to Health Care: A University-Community Partnership
Douglas Scutchfield, Carol L. Ireson, and Laura Hall

The Work of “Public-Making”: An Interview
Douglas Challenger

Better Together By Robert Putnam, Lewis Feldstein, and Don Cohen
Kelvin Lawrence, Reviewer

Afterword: “What Public?”
David Mathews

This edition of the journal is currently available as a free download from the Kettering Foundation website.

Resource Link: http://kettering.org/periodicals/hex-2004/

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