Rebuilding American Civics 

The D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership is partnering with IM Education to offer programming to address the need for more civics education and a greater focus of civic virtue in America. 

The first is a series of community classes that are free and open to the public. The next series will take place via zoom and in-person on the Viterbo University campus on June 7, June 8, and, June 10, 2021. The schedule is posted below. The classes will be led by Sam Scinta, founder and president of IM Education, associate lecturer in political science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and an adjunct instructor in the Servant Leadership program at Viterbo University. The popularity of the series of community classes (which were offered in February/March and again May) has been outstanding so we added the June series. Sign up today!  

The other program is The Inspired Minds podcast, hosted by Sam Scinta and Rick Kyte. It features conversations with a wide variety of people from throughout the U.S. about restoring American civic virtue. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, as well as the IM Education website.

To register for this series of classes or to get more information contact Kelli Jerve at kelli@inspiredmindsedu.org or Jill Miller at jmmiller@viterbo.edu.  


Schedule

Monday, June 7 -  7:00-7:30 pm Via Zoom: Introductory session (getting to know each other, reviewing course)

Tuesday, June 8— 6:30-9:00 pm, In -person (at Viterbo): Understanding the Supreme Court; Understanding Privacy Rights

Thursday, June 10— 6:30-9:00 pm, In -person (at Viterbo): Civil Disobedience; Election Reform


Topics

Understanding the Supreme Court. Every year, the Supreme Court hands down influential decisions that shape American life. To many Americans, however, the work of the Court is opaque and not well understood. This session will explore the basics of the Supreme Court, how to read a Court decision, and why it is important for Americans to understand the workings of the judicial branch.

Understanding Civil Liberties-Privacy Rights. The liberties we enjoy as American citizens are among the broadest liberties granted to people in the world, and many Americans articulate a right to privacy from the government. And yet, the word privacy does not appear in the Constitution. What is the source and extent of this liberty? In this session, we will take a closer look at the Fourth Amendment, as well as the broader idea of privacy in the constitutional context

Civil Disobedience: 2020 saw an increase in protests from all points on the political spectrum, in many respects the biggest American protests in over 50 years. Where does this idea of civil disobedience come from in American history, and how do we square the right and need to protest with the common good? How is this right protected by the Bill of Rights? In this session, we will explore the concept of civil disobedience throughout American history and the role it can play in our civil society.

Election Reform: After the 2020 Elections, legislators and citizens across the country called for reform of the voting process, both at the state and the national level. What motivated these calls for reform? Are these changes necessary? Which reforms make the most sense? We will critique and explore the status of several of these proposals.