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 or Jill Miller at 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.”