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What’s So Un-American about a Shared American Civics?

June 9, 2021 | National Review

Why are our conservative friends deriding and denouncing the Educating for American Democracy proposal for the enhancement of civics teaching in K–12 schools? They claim it is a Trojan horse for the leftist ideology of the 1619 Project and for “action civics,” both of which all people of conservative temperament — and probably many non-“woke” liberals — see as misguided, the first for its distorted account of American history, the second for its eagerness to politicize the classroom and enlist young students as advocates of left-wing causes.

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Mobs in America's Past and Present

January 28, 2021 | We the People

A mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, leading to a ricochet of effects including the impeachment of President Trump. On this episode, experts Larry Kramer, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Colleen Sheehan, Director of Graduate Studies at the Arizona State School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, explore the history of mobs past and present, online and in-person.

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ASU’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership

November 16, 2020 | RealClear Education

As Americans deal with the political fallout from the 2020 election, Arizona State University associate professor Adam Seagrave says that “extreme political polarization” and the “breakdown of productive civil discourse” continue to be defining features of our times.

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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Jon Kyl: How to revive a shared dream for America's future

November 18, 2020 | USA Today

With improved civics education, the next generation will be better equipped to engage in constructive debate about our future.

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Marc Morial: To heal our nation, Americans need to recommit to shared values

October 13, 2020 | USA Today

One of the most powerful means of assuring racial and social justice lies in building a shared sense of American values and commitment to each other.

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Saving the American Constitution | Colleen Sheehan

September 23, 2020 | Arizona Capitol Times

Our nation today is badly fragmented, and civil discourse is, well, not very civil.  Some have even speculated about disunion, of becoming two Americas.

Someone recently asked me, “How can the Constitution save us?” My response was that it can’t. Rather, it is up to us to save the Constitution.

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How women, who could decide the 2020 presidential race, won the right to vote | Catherine Zuckert

September 18, 2020 | Arizona Capitol Times

Pundits now say that the votes of “suburban women” may determine the outcome of the 2020 election. We don’t know exactly who these “suburban women” are or how they will vote, but it is clear that women’s votes now count.

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Does A Lack Of Civics Education Make Americans Less Likely To Vote?

April 23, 2019 | KJZZ

Harvard University professor Danielle Allen has studied and written about civics education extensively, and she was recently in the area as part of a presentation for ASU’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership.

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Latest episode of Keeping it Civil.


What can future leaders learn from today’s most prominent scholars and commentators?

Keeping It Civil is a new podcast produced by the School of Economic Thought and Leadership that seeks answers to key questions about the future of American life with fast-paced interviews with scholars and intellectuals. Hosted and produced by Lecturer and award-winning journalist B. Duncan Moench, PhD.

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