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Renewing Democratic Community Lecture Series

Jim Boeheim and Chris Faricy on stage

Disability Rights and Citizenship in the Modern Civil Rights Era


The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs welcomed an accomplished panel featuring Brian McLane ’68, Professor Arlene Kanter, Yohannes Takele Zewale, Professor Beth Myers and Director Paula Possenti-Perez. The panelists took the stage with Chris Faricy, associate professor of political science and the inaugural Hicker Family Professor in Renewing Democratic Community. 

Our understanding of citizenship can be transformed when viewed through the perspective of people with disabilities. How do disability rights fit into the modern human rights framework? Have universities become more accessible and if so for whom? Are disabled students fully included in higher education’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts? And how do disability rights in New York state and the United States compare to other countries? Thanks to those who joined us for an important conversation about how promoting disability rights moves us closer to realizing the promise of full citizenship in democracies here and around the world.

Christopher Faricy

About the Hicker Family Professor of Renewing Democratic Community

Chris Faricy, associate professor of political science, is the Hicker Family Professor of Renewing Democratic Community. Faricy will hold the professorship for its inaugural term of five years. In addition to American politics, he researches social policy, income inequality, tax policy and public opinion on government spending.

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Hicker Family Professorship in Renewing Democratic Community


Through a generous donation, Syracuse University basketball legend George Hicker ’68 and his wife, Kathy, have created the Hicker Family Professorship in Renewing Democratic Community.

George and Kathy Hicker

Renewing Democratic Community News

Coach Boeheim to Students: ‘You Have to Do What Your Heart Tells You to Do’

September 21, 2022

The Maxwell School welcomed Syracuse University men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim ’66, G’73 on Sept. 9, for a wide-ranging discussion about the intersection of life, basketball and citizenship. Boeheim took the stage with Chris Faricy, associate professor of political science and Hicker Family Professor in Renewing Democratic Community.

Basketball Legend’s Gift Turns ‘Frustration to Hope’

August 31, 2022

The Hicker Family Professorship in Renewing Democratic Community has been established with a generous gift by Orange alumnus George Hicker ’68 and his wife, Kathy. Chris Faricy, associate professor of political science, has been selected to hold a new professorship.

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