Civic Media and Education: Online Dialogue and Learning

Civic Media and Education: Online Dialogue and Learning

September 15, 2016

The first quarterly event of the 2016-2017 academic school year featured researchers Carrie James and Janet Kwok from Harvard University to discuss civics education. The traditional lightning talks format was followed by a deeper dive into how to best leverage service learning centers for social impact.

Speakers Included: Dr Helen Haste’s research interests lie in civic and moral development and education, in cultural psychology, gender, and science and society. She is the author or editor of five books and over 100 scholarly papers. She is director for the HGSE Spencer Foundation-funded New Civics Early Career Scholars Program ( This supports doctoral students whose research interests concern civic education and civic engagement. She was coeditor of the journal Political Psychology from 2010-15 and was president of the International Society of Political Psychology in 2002. In addition to her current primary appointment as visiting professor at HGSE, she is emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Bath, England. She is a fellow of the British Academy of Social Science, the British Psychological Society and the Royal Society of Arts. Haste is a frequent contributor to broadcasting and public media.

Carrie James is a research associate and a principal investigator at Project Zero (PZ) and a lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A sociologist by training, her research explores young people's digital, moral, and civic lives. Carrie holds a M.A.(1996) and a Ph.D.(2003) in Sociology from New York University. Learn more about Carrie James here.

Janet Kwok, EdD received her doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2014. Her civic research has aimed to improve understanding of non-participation and emerging forms of participation, especially in the online context. Janet's civic media work has focused on social media discussions of political issues, such as Twitter reactions to highly anticipated Supreme Court rulings and sentiment analysis. Currently, her professional interests include using machine learning and a range of computational methods to improve higher education outcomes.

A special thank you to Helen Haste (P.I., New Civics Early Career Scholars’ Program), Meira Levinson (Professor of Education, HGSE), Brent Maher (Doctoral Candidate, HGSE), and Carrie James (Research Director, Project Zero) for hosting at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Lightning Talks

Civic Art by Karin Goodfellow (City of Boston Art Commission)

In the second annual Boston Civic Media conference on Technology, Design, and Social Impact, Karin Goodfellow, Director of the City of Boston's Art Commission explains how the city bridges social practice and civic design through public art. View the slides here: