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2022 Education for Citizenship Address

Date: Monday, August 29, 2022, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Location: Wexner Center for the Arts, Mershon Auditorium

Cost: Free


Admission: Free

Join us at Mershon Auditorium for the inaugural Education for Citizenship address, which will welcome new Ohio State students and other members of the university community to the new academic year. Hosted by Executive Vice President and Provost Melissa Gilliam, the Education for Citizenship address will inspire our Ohio State community to reflect on the importance of civil discourse and our Shared Values in a diverse world.

This year’s featured faculty speaker is Winston C. Thompson, associate professor in the Department of Educational Studies in the College of Education and Human Ecology. Dr. Thompson is an internationally recognized philosopher of education concerned with social, political and ethical issues related to justice and education. He also coordinates the COMPAS (Conversations on Morality, Politics and Society) program in Ohio State’s Center for Ethics and Human Values.

Dr. Thompson’s presentation will be followed by light refreshments from Graeter’s Ice Cream in the lobby.

Reserved tickets are not required. Doors at the High Street entrance open at 6:00pm, and arrivals will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis until the venue is full. Come early for your best chance to get a seat.  

For more information, contact Christine Parker at 



If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Christine Parker at or 614-247-9327. Requests made one week in advance of the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

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