Features: Democracy & Education

Set forth more than 100 years ago and considered radical in that era, John Dewey’s philosophy still resonates across the Sarah Lawrence community. His insights and vision continue to guide us as we face perplexing and often troubling times. With Dewey’s renowned book Democracy and Education close at hand, we look to a few of the myriad points of interplay between the two forces—points of cohesion as well as points of friction. We begin with the tale of senior Moises Serrano, whose life has served as something of a test of the Dewey ideal.

The Dreamer

The Dreamer

Moises Serrano ’18, subject of the documentary Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America, steps up and speaks out for young people across the country.

Resisting the Path of Least Resistance

Resisting the Path of Least Resistance

Philosopher Elizabeth Kamarck Minnich ’65 talks with David Hollander MFA ’97 (writing) about the dangers of complacency—and the life-and-death importance of reflexive, reflective thinking in polarizing times.

Teachable Moments

Teachable Moments

At NBC Learn, producer Stephen Anderson ’96 leverages his insatiable curiosity to engage middle and high school students through educational video segments ranging from the science of sports to the history of the civil rights movement.

A Match Made in Ancient Greece

A Match Made in Ancient Greece

Classics faculty member Emily Katz Anhalt reflects on the origins of democracy and education’s vital role in protecting civil society from violence and tyranny.

Public, Partisan, and Passionate

Public, Partisan, and Passionate

Curator of political history at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Jon Grinspan ’06 turns to the 19th century for important lessons about the dynamics of our democratic process today.

Braving the Great Divide

Braving the Great Divide

Always a societal stress point, policing in America has developed into a deep fracture. Three Sarah Lawrence alumni approach this crevasse from widely divergent experiences and viewpoints.