Civic House

Civic House and the GW Votes Initiative Participants

Civic House is a selective first-year living and learning community for students interested in becoming globally-engaged civic leaders for their communities.

Scholars in Civic House embody the motto of the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service:

  • Live
  • Learn
  • Serve

In addition to their community in Clark Hall, Civic House scholars take service-learning and University Writing courses surrounding civic engagement topics.

2020-2021 Civic House Academic Courses

University Seminar 1005: Civics in the Age of Populism
Instructor: David Dagan
Populist movements are reshaping politics in Europe, the United States, and other parts of the world. This course explores various explanations for the populist wave and considers its implications for the future of liberal democracy, particularly in the United States. We will examine precedents and explanations for the rise of populism in the U.S. Finally, we will ask what these findings imply for civic engagement. How can political participation be broadened and deepened in the current environment? What forms of political participation make liberal democracy more resilient, and what forms might undermine it? If there is “good” participation and “bad” participation, how can we get more of the former and less of the latter?

Civic House Faculty

David Dagan

Dr. David Dagan