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The world is in a perilous place. Challenged by zealots, autocrats, a pandemic, and now a war in Europe, elected officials and their constituents no longer exchange ideas in a functioning public sphere, once a hallmark of the humanistic tradition. The timeliness of the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs), therefore, is profound as they provide beacons of light for dark times. In this article, I trace Isocratic philosophy through Ignatian pedagogy and contemporary civic engagement to argue that we can use these three models to help us Journey with Youth and Walk with the Excluded. Key to this approach is a reimagined humanistic tradition, one that fosters a networked, “multiple public sphere,” as discussed by Robert Asen, where people collaborate to bring about positive change. Specifically, I posit that enacting Isocratic philosophy through civic engagement in our Ignatian pedagogy and research will help us join with our students to address issues facing marginalized people. This reimagined humanistic tradition supports the Jesuit mission of social justice, and it supports the core Jesuit value of vita activa, that is, active civic engagement. To explain how these theories can be enacted I discuss a community-based digital humanities project at Loyola University Maryland.



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