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Civics education: Why it matters to democracy, society, and you

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Harvard Law School Source Wikipedia CommonsOn April 1, Harvard Law School and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools is hosting an all-day conference on civics education. Among the names that will be presenting include Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Justice David Souter (both retired from the Supreme Court), Peter Levine (CIRCLE), Gene Koo (iCivics),  Martha Kanter (US Department of Education), Ted McConnell (Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools), and Scott Warren (Generation Citizen)—and many others.

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Monday, April 1, 2013
8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Harvard Law School
1585 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA

8:45 a.m. Welcome 

  • Martha Minow (Dean, Harvard Law School)
  • Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (former Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States)
  • Gene Koo (Executive Director, iCivics)
9:00- 10:15 a.m. Knowledge: What should young Americans know about democracy? 

  • State Senator Richard Moore (Massachusetts State Senator)
  • Howard Gardner (Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
  • Peter Levine (Professor, Tufts University and Director of CIRCLE)
  • Robert Gallucci (President, MacArthur Foundation)
  • Romero Brown (Vice President of Program & Youth Development Services, Boys and Girls Club)
  • Moderator: Tomiko Brown-Nagin (Professor, Harvard Law School)
10:30-11:45 a.m. Practice: What barriers stand in the way of better civic learning? 

  • Under Secretary Martha Kanter (Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education)
  • David Hiller (President & CEO, McCormick Foundation)
  • Gene Koo (Executive Director, iCivics)
  • Kathleen McCartney (Dean of the Faculty of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
  • Mabel McKinney-Browning (Director, Division for Public Education at American Bar Association)
  • Moderator: Chief Justice Margaret Marshall (former Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court)
12:00- 1:00 p.m. What’s at stake? Why civic matters to me, and to you 

  • Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (former Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States)
  • Justice David Souter (former Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States)
  • Judge Kenneth Starr (President, Baylor University)
  • Larry Tribe (Professor, Harvard Law School)
  • Moderator: Martha Minow (Dean, Harvard Law School)
1:00- 2:00 p.m. Brown Bag Discussions (Please visit the Harkness Cafe on the second floor to purchase meal)

  1. Helen Haste (Visiting Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education) & Gregg Croteau (Executive Director, United Teen Equality Center)
  2. Fernando Reimers (Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education) & Elisabeth Medvedow (Executive Director, Discovering Justice)
  3. Joe Kahne (Professor, Mills College & Research Director, Civic Engagement Research) & Carline Kirksey (Intern, United Teen Equality Center)
  4. Ted McConnell (Executive Director, Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools) & Mabel McKinney-Browning (Director, Division for Public Education at American Bar Association)
  5. Connie Yowell (Director of Education, MacArthur Foundation) & Trey Grayson (Director, Harvard’s Institute of Politics)
2:15-3:30 p.m. Engagement: How can we encourage youth to participate in democracy? 

  • Meira Levinson (Professor & Co-convener, HGSE Civic and Moral Education Initiative, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
  • Diana Hess (Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Scott Warren (Executive Director, Generation Citizen)
  • Justin Reich (Director of Online Community, Practice and Research at Facing History and Ourselves, Harvard University)
  • Moderator: Richard Weissbourd (Lecturer in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
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