About this Video
2017 TEDxBeaconStreet Interview with Andrew Seligsohn. Americans are constantly fighting about political issues–online and in person, in local communities and in the halls of Congress. These fights are preventing us from working together to solve the pressing problems that will not wait–from climate change to opioid addiction.
When Andrew was a child, his father, a Holocaust refugee whose father died in a Nazi camp, shared his reasoning for treating Germans with kindness and respect, which was grounded in a recognition of the equal dignity of all.
Andrew takes this principle and shows how we can apply it in our interactions with our fellow citizens, through listening and recognizing the need for all to participate on an equal basis in our democracy. Doing so will enable us to move beyond constant fighting to addressing real problems.
About the Speaker
Andrew J. Seligsohn is president of Campus Compact. Before joining Campus Compact in June of 2014, Seligsohn served as Associate Chancellor for Civic Engagement and Strategic Planning at Rutgers University–Camden, where he worked across the campus to develop the university’s engagement infrastructure to maximize community impact and student learning.
Seligsohn previously served as Director of Civic Engagement Learning in the Pace Center at Princeton University. He served as a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Hartwick College, where he earned tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor and was the elected chair of the faculty.
Seligsohn also taught at both Princeton and Rutgers, and he has published articles and chapters on constitutional law, political theory, urban politics, and youth civic engagement. Seligsohn holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in modern intellectual history from Williams College.