RealClear American Civics: ASU’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership

Murdock Hall, Arizona State University

RealClear American Civics: “Creating Leaders for the 21st Century: ASU’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership”

By Mike Sabo


In recent months, Mike Sabo at RealClear Public Affairs has been highlighting civic institutions that are working to instill a solid understanding of American civics among students and teachers. The Civic Institutions Series features several programs that have partnered in some way with the Jack Miller Center in these pursuits – at the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, JMC supports the Civic Discourse Project.

As Americans deal with the political fallout from the 2020 election, Arizona State University associate professor Adam Seagrave says that ‘extreme political polarization’ and the ‘breakdown of productive civil discourse’ continue to be defining features of our times.

Fortunately, The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL) at ASU presents an opportunity for young students interested in reinvigorating our diminished national unity and habits of civic friendship.

Offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in civic and economic thought and leadership, SCETL offers students the chance to study ‘history’s greatest thinkers’ in tandem with ‘the guiding principles of America’s founders and inspirational leaders.’ As SCETL founding director Paul Carrese writes, ‘The core spirit of these endeavors is the nexus of great intellectual works with leadership and statesmanship for 21st century America and a globalized world.’…

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Mike Sabo is the Editor at Real Clear Public Affairs’s American Civics portal. He is a graduate of the Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship at Hillsdale College.

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