On February 7, 2020, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences' Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship brought together over 70 participants from nearly all of its almost 50 listening sessions, as well as Commission members, civic leaders, and philanthropists, to hear from one another and share their work through a series of panels, breakout sessions, and presentations. The day began with a welcome and introduction from Academy president David Oxtoby and an opening performance by Amanda Gorman (04:29), the Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the United States of America. The first panel (12:37) of the day was moderated by David Oxtoby and featured the Commission’s co-chairs: Stephen Heintz (14:37), Danielle Allen (20:02), and Eric Liu (25:17). They discussed the importance of the listening sessions in guiding the Commission’s work, the virtuous cycle of a healthy democracy, and the practice of democratic citizenship as a right and a responsibility.

Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship

The Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship is charged with developing a plan of action for promoting the values, behaviors, and skills needed for effective citizenship and civic participation in a 21st-century democracy.

The Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship's goal is to deepen the national dialogue around democracy, citizenship, and community, by exploring civic engagement and political participation in the United States today and will set out a plan of action for promoting the values and behaviors that define effective citizenship in a diverse 21st-century democracy.