Rebuilding American Civics 

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 kelli@inspiredmindsedu.org or Jill Miller at jmmiller@viterbo.edu 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. 
 

 

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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.”