Maxwell and Citizenship: The Thread That Runs Throughout

Maxwell and Citizenship: The Thread That Runs Throughout

[ Background music ]>>Public Administration.>>International
Securities Studies.>>International Relations,
Cultural Anthropology.>>International
Relations and Economics.>>Anthropology.>>Public Administration.>>Geography, citizenship,
and civic engagement in Maxwell School at
Syracuse University.>>It’s a place that is
really representative of what you’re going to
experience in the world.>>The principles of Maxwell around citizenship really embody
being the best individual you can be and the best contributor
to society that you can be.>>The sense that
it’s not just a job. It’s a calling.>>Wanting to give
back and wanting to do things for the community.>>Teaching and learning
and public scholarship and citizenship, all of
that all around the world.>>Being part of a community. It’s both focused on top-notch
academics, creative thinking about the world, and
also the ability to turn that creative thinking
into real world change.>>The ability to critically
engage in public debates.>>Your ex-citizenship studies,
all the social sciences, international relations,
public affairs, and public administration. It was the mixture that
produced Maxwellism.>>I have always thought
about the applied as well as the academic side
of research, and so that was a key part of
what attracted me to the school.>>One of the uniquenesses of
the school is that combining of traditional disciplinary
departments in social sciences with programs that
are interdisciplinary and professionally oriented.>>You cannot be somebody
who belongs to Maxwell without being aware of all
theses skills of engagement that you belong to
the Maxwell community, to Syracuse University,
but also simultaneously to the national body
of citizenship and the international or
global, and I think it is in that fluidity of citizenship
that the breadth of citizenship and engagement is located.>>Maxell’s focus on informed
citizenship is uniquely valued at a time when the issues and
the rights and responsibilities of citizens are being
widely debated. They’re being debated
here in the United States. They’re being debated
around the world. The question about
the efficacy of public and private institutions,
the ability of communities to come together
to solve problems, this is where Maxwell
makes a unique contribution because our ability to provide
informed scholarship with an eye to making a real difference
in the world allows us to help contribute to that
debate, both through the work of our faculties and our
terrific graduates who can go out and help make a difference and help communities
come together to solve these very
challenging problems.>>It’s just incredibly
motivating to see how much pride everybody
has to be a part of that group.>>I walk under those
beautiful columns and over it says Maxwell School
of Citizenship, and to me, citizenship is in the Athenian
oath in the lobby of Maxwell.>>The Athenian oath
is the sense of what the school is about. We should dedicate
ourselves to the sense of public good and
public mission. I attribute that in no
small part to the vision and the dedication and the
generosity of George Maxwell.>>Maxwell’s vision
was to foster engaged, knowledgeable citizens
and then, of course, was focused on being a United
States citizen at the time.>>He called it intelligent
patriotism.>>The founding of
the school was really around the undergraduate
core curriculum in citizenship education,
well-informed people who understood their
responsibilities as citizens and who could help this
country thrive as a democracy.>>Even if you think you’re
just taking a college course, these classes are helping
you develop these skills and the knowledge that you need
to participate as you should in our liberal democracy.>>Strong work ethic and being
an individual and standing up for your opinions
and what’s right.>>Have that passion for community involvement
and civic engagement.>>The other component is
training people to work in public service in government. That was a more professional
dimension that grew out of the progressive
movement to try to move away from the spoil system
into having people who were actually trained
to carry out effective, good government with
the tools and basis of the social sciences.>>The interdisciplinary
side is one of the things that really brought
me to Maxwell. You can develop the quantitative
skills of statistics and economics, and really
know what I’m going well, but also the sort of interpersonal relationship
building skills that comes with being an effective
public manager.>>Knowing as well that
Maxell saw the value of allowing students
to go out and try some of the other schools also
here at Syracuse University. I thought that was a
great thing, which is part of the reason why
I chose Maxwell.>>Seeing the relationship
between Maxwell and the University
is a clear advantage. I think when you bring
diverse perspectives into the classroom setting,
we can only benefit from that.>>Here you’re thrown
into this place where you have offices next door
to historians and economists and geographers and
sociologists. The fact that we are all here
together in the same institution and same building and even
connected more tightly through research institutes
and so on in Maxwell. We team teach together. It’s just a very
different experience for everybody-for
students and for faculty.>>Interdisciplinarity is
not something that’s only ideologically presented. It’s something that’s lived. It’s lived in its corridors. It’s lived in its
spatial arrangement.>>I do think I’ve benefited from how we can choose classes
outside of Maxwell School. There was something
in my other classes that I could directly
link to my major. For example, if I’m
taking a geology course, you have to know what effects
natural disasters can have on people.>>Today we see the
citizenship that we teach to be a citizenship that
applies to a world much larger than simply the United States.>>I feel that I get the mix
of that domestic social policy as well as international
development. I’m an MBA student, but I’m able
to take classes that are sort of more geared towards
the MAIR students as well, which has been really
useful for me.>>This whole notion of
citizenship, I think, is critical to the study
of policy and the study of public affairs, and I think
it goes beyond being a good citizen of one’s nation, but really being a
citizen of the world.>>Peoples and cultures
are created through global and transnational facets,
they are so complicated in the world today that
studying difference and understanding
difference is not only about memorizing what
these people far away eat and how they play,
but it’s really about some kind of empathy. I think that our
students are capable due to their interdisciplinary
training to engage with the world in a way
that’s more responsible. It’s pausing to think
[inaudible] difference, not to simplify it, to make
sense of it, to respect it-not to just catalogue it,
but to engage with it, and I think this is
what they accomplished.>>Thoughtful, rigorous
analysis applied to real world problems is one of the most pressing needs
we have in our society today. One of the hallmarks of
Maxwell is that when we think about the work we do
with our students, it’s not just preparing
them for their first job, but it’s preparing
them for a career of making a difference-how not
only to deal with the challenges of today, but to be ready to
meet the challenges of tomorrow. [ Music ]


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