The D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership is partnering with IM Education to offer Rebuilding American Civics, a series of community classes that are free and open to the public. These classes present community members a chance to discuss current events, meet people of various backgrounds, learn about American civics & discover common ground.
Sessions are led by Sam Scinta, founder and president of IM Education, associate lecturer in political science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, an adjunct instructor in the Servant Leadership program at Viterbo University, and Publisher at Fulcrum Publishing. Contact Kelli Jerve at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jill Miller at email@example.com to learn more or register for classes.
In-person sessions are planned to resume August 2022.
Coming in 2023: an online program that will allow participants to explore topics individually and then come together in person or online to discuss content in groups.
Previous Class Titles:
- Truth and Politics
- Election Reform
- Civil Disobedience
- Why free speech matters
- Understanding the Supreme Court
- Wisconsin Government and Politics
- Understanding Civil Liberties—Privacy Rights
- The role of the media in American government
- The role of the President in American Government
- Interest groups and getting involved in American political issues
What Participants are Saying:
“As a long-ago Political Science major, I don’t remember those subjects ever being taught with such practicality and vigor. I observed others in the class listening with rapt attention, especially coming alive in the question and discussion portions.”
"Attending this class tonight and hearing [Sam] explain the materials made a lot of sense to things I did not understand."
“I have participated in both the Winter and Spring Sessions of Rebuilding American Civics…participants were from a wide variety of our community, including recent college graduates, retirees, former elected officials, and citizens who just wanted a better understanding of civics and the tools to talk about issues in a safe, non-judgmental arena so as to learn to better understand and discuss topics with those with differing viewpoints.”
“Every morning I watch the news, and after participating in these classes, I understand nuances and complexities that I had not even noticed before.”