Join students and guests from around the world for an interactive discussion about how civil society engages Innovations in Democracy and Citizenship.
Now in its 5th year, the Hart House Global Commons continues to engage students from all three U of T campuses as an interdisciplinary space to connect in real-time dialogue and learning with students from global partner locations at Ashoka University, India; Universidad de los Andes, Colombia; Sciences Po in France; University of Cape Town, South Africa; and Indiana University Bloomington in the U.S.A.
This is an exciting opportunity to engage internationally, to share perspectives and lived experiences, and to participate in global dialogue and learning. The focus of the 2021-2022 Hart House Global Commons is Innovations in Democracy and Citizenship.
Democracy is under threat in both the Global North and South. Over the past decade, a resurgence in populist and authoritarian governments, entrenched corruption, elite capture, and weakened democratic institutions are among several well-documented trends that point to what some have called a “democracy and pluralism under assault” (Sarah Repucci, 2020). The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated many of these trends, further disrupting global governance and democracy exacerbating restrictions on the media, human rights, and civic space.
This shifting context for citizen participation and democratic practice also presents a wide range of implications for civic and democratic learning—for practitioners, for students, and for the community. Please join us for this unique opportunity to share perspectives, ideas, and insights from the front lines as we hear from students, experts, and practitioners around the globe about how they are working, responding to, and shaping stronger democratic institutions and practices.
How to get involved
There are three ways to engage in the Hart House Global Commons. All are free:
- Dialogues (registration required)
- Co-curricular Short Courses (application required)
- Dialogue Facilitation Training Workshops (application required)
Take part in as many offerings as you’d like!
U of T students who are involved in the 2021-2022 Hart House Global Commons may be eligible to receive credit on the U of T Co-Curricular Record. The Co-Curricular Record is designed to help students find opportunities at U of T beyond the classroom and to have their skills and experiences captured on an official document.
Each session is 2 hours and is CCR-eligible—the Co-Curricular Record is designed to help students find opportunities at U of T beyond the classroom and to have their skills and experiences captured on an official document.
- March 2022
- May 2022
Co-curricular short courses
Join a global group of students from multiple locations for deeper dialogue and learning with this multi-week commitment; CCR-eligible for U of T students.
Hart House is grateful for the support and assistance of its many partners in the presentation of the Hart House Global Commons.
For general inquiries about the Hart House Global Commons 2021/2022, please contact Marco Adamovic.