1. Event

Teaching Advocacy

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August 5, 2020


Children and young adults are heading back to school amid enormous challenges and questions about the health of our democracy. How are they learning to be effective advocates and changemakers as part of their education?

FCNL’s August Quaker Changemakers event, “Teaching Advocacy,” featured a conversation between two educators, advocates, and Friends who are working at the intersection of advocacy and Quaker education.

Our speakers, Lauren Brownlee and Welling Hall, discussed how and why they “teach advocacy.” They explored the connection between Quakerism and advocacy education, the need for civic engagement in education today, and how FCNL can be a resource for educators like themselves. Whether you’re a teacher, a parent, or someone who is concerned about the future of our country, this conversation will give you much to consider.

About the Speakers

Lauren Brownlee is the Upper School Head at Carolina Friends School, and she co-teaches a Quaker Advocacy class at the school. She previously worked as Director of Social Action at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, where she coordinated social justice and service-learning programming. She was also Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs and a History Teacher at Sidwell Friends School. Lauren serves on the Executive Committee of the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

Welling Hall is a longtime Quaker educator, civil servant, and artist. She is Research Professor of the Liberal Arts (Emerita) at Earlham and a member of West Richmond Friends Meeting. As a Friend and a political scientist, she has a long-standing passion for Quaker pedagogy and the faith-basis of Quaker lobbying in the public interest. While serving as a Friend in Washington in 2018 she spoke on the role of arts in civic engagement and wrote a curriculum to support professors bringing college student advocates to Spring Lobby Weekend.