Most Americans seek a more coherent, collaborative, national conversation in which individual interests can be aligned with the greater good. This project analyzed American institutions to develop a better understanding of their role in the American democratic system and to develop proposals to increase civic participation and public confidence in American leaders and institutions.
This project investigated the civic institutions that are critical for inspiring and modeling good citizenship. Through in-depth analyses of the government, the courts, the media, the military, corporations, unions, and the education system, the Academy developed a better understanding of the role of these institutions in the American democratic system and proposed ways to increase civic participation and public confidence in American leaders and institutions.
Kwame Anthony Appiah
Stephen Davison Bechtel
Lauren B. Dachs
Gerald Lyn Early
Ralph Edward Gomory
John L. Hennessy
Kathleen Hall Jamieson
David Michael Kennedy
George P. Schulz
Richard E. Sylla
Diane P. Wood
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The findings from the Stewarding America project served as the basis for publications, national conferences and workshops, and a public outreach campaign designed to encourage renewed emphasis on stewarding American democracy.
The project received attention in major media outlets. An opinion piece by NEH Chairman Jim Leach was published in The Boston Globe on October 14, 2012, and a Wall Street Journal blog highlighted Ralph Gomory and Richard Sylla’s essay on “The American Corporation” as recommended reading on November 29, 2012.
- Stated Meeting: Stewarding Democracy – American Institutions and the Public Good, October 7, 2012, Cambridge, MA
- Stated Meeting: On the Common Good: Chicago Humanities Festival, November 3, 2012, Chicago, IL.
- Constitution Day Panel Discussion: Stewarding America: Institutions and Civic Life, September 17, 2014, Washington, DC