Get Involved

This is an effort in need of your co-creative citizenship. Get involved, share your ideas, and keep the conversation going.

Connect in person with other civic studies scholars through the the Summer Institute of Civic Studies and Frontiers of Democracy Conference. Taking place annually in July, the Summer Institute and Frontiers Conference are hosted by Tisch College at Tufts University.

Summer Institute of Civic Studies

A two week intensive seminar, Tisch College’s Summer Institute of Civic Studies brings together doctoral students and advanced practitioners for intensive discussions focusing heavily on theory. To date, over 100 graduate students, professors, and community leaders from around the world and from a range of disciplines have participated in the Summer Institute.

The Summer Institute is co-taught by Peter Levine, Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Tisch College, Tufts University, and Karol Sołtan, Associate Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland. Framers of the Institute are:

  • Harry Boyte, University of Minnesota
  • Stephen Elkin, University of Maryland
  • Peter Levine, Tufts University
  • Jane Mansbridge, Harvard University
  • Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University
  • Karol Sołtan, University of Maryland
  • Rogers Smith, University of Pennsylvania

Frontiers of Democracy Conference

The annual Frontiers of Democracy conference, hosted by Tisch College at Tufts University, explores questions of public engagement, deliberative and participatory democracy, educating for democracy and civic learning, and strengthening democracy. Frontiers of Democracy is sponsored by Tisch College, the Democracy Imperative, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.

Host a meet-up

We’ll have periodic meet-ups around topics of interest. If there’s a topic you’d like to discuss, all you have to do is put yourself in charge of it.Topics could include a discussion around a civic book or article, or a discussion around your in-progress research.

If you want to gauge interest before picking a date and announcing it, visit the discussion page to suggest a topic.

Share your Blog

The front page of this site brings together blogs from civic studies scholars and practioners. If there’s a blog you’d like to see included – perhaps your own – email us at to let us know.

Have an idea of how you’d like to get involved that’s not mentioned here? Suggest it in the comments!

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