The Boston Tea Party and its Legacy at 250

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As the semiquincentennial of America’s independence approaches, all of us have a chance to reflect on the creation of the United States. But in 2023, we also observe the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, a famous evening of property destruction that touched off the events that led to American Independence. Our nation has […]

Awakening from the Dream: The Legacy of MLK

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Jonathan Eig, award-winning biographer of Martin Luther King Jr., discusses how King used faith and civic spirit to forge the greatest grassroots movement in American history. Focusing on the moment he assumed leadership of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, we come to understand as much about the foundation of King’s approach as we do about what […]

Evaluating News Media Bias Carefully and Fairly

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People frequently perceive and allege bias in news coverage, but what does this really mean? What makes a piece of news biased, and who decides? What role do our own biases play in our perceptions of bias? In this session, we’ll help you teach this vital, controversial, complex topic in ways that empower students to […]

White House Chronicles: Insider Perspectives

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This Presidents’ Day program will feature two former White House aides, Mr. Noam Neusner and Dr. Kenneth S. Baer, under President George W. Bush and Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton respectively. In addition to their accounts of the inner workings of presidential administrations across the political spectrum, we will explore how elected officials balance […]

A Peaceful Transfer of Power – John Tyler and the Accidental Presidency

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As Presidents' Day approaches, Rabbi Charles Savenor presents this upcoming We the People program. When President William Henry Harrison unexpectedly died in 1841, John Tyler became the first Vice President to assume the presidency. Riddled with mishaps and mistakes, Tyler's complicated legacy teaches about rising to the occasion when history changes in a heartbeat. This […]

Tocqueville on Faith and Civic Virtue

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Democracy in America (1835, 1840), which Alexis de Tocqueville wrote to teach modern democrats the "art of being free," is perhaps the best treatise on American civic education that we have; Tocqueville asserted in this work that America cannot remain free without widespread religious belief. In our session, we shall explore what he meant by this […]

America’s Jewish Women: Writing Themselves into our Nation’s Story

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In this We the Educators program in honor of Women’s History Month, we will hear from Professor Pamela Nadell, author of America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today. Her book is a groundbreaking history of how Jewish women maintained their identity and influenced social activism as they wrote themselves into American history. […]

Opportunities for Artificial Intelligence in the Civics Classroom

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In this session with Michael Jabbour, Microsoft U.S. Education Chief Innovation Officer, educators will explore opportunities to utilize AI in the classroom to offer personalized learning and make complex concepts more accessible. We will discuss ways to use AI to create interactive simulations and models to illuminate civic processes and responsibilities. We'll also consider how […]

Overcoming Antisemitism in America

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While the alarming increase in Antisemitism in the United States is cause for concern, Norman Finkelstein shows us that this is just the latest iteration of prejudice and hatred on these shores. This session will explore his final book, Saying No to Hate: Overcoming Antisemitism in America, to understand as much the current crisis as […]

How The Jazzmen Transformed America

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Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Count Basie were not just toe-tappingly brilliant musicians, they were social reformers. The jazzmen opened America's ears and souls to the magnificence of their melodies, ensuring that race, for once, fell away as America listened rapt. In celebration of Juneteenth, biographer Larry Tye will share this untold side of our trio of maestros, showing […]