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  • William V. Muse

Bill Muse Retires as National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) President

William V. Muse, who has served as President of the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) since 2008, announced his retirement at the NIFI Board of Directors meeting on December 3rd, 2015 in Dayton, Ohio. Including three years as a member of the Institute board, Muse provided ten years of leadership and support for the goals and programs of NIFI. Muse worked in higher education for forty years, including twenty years as president or chancellor of three universities--the University of Akron, Auburn University, and East Carolina University.

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  • Carol Farquhar Nugent

Would You Like to Serve as a National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) Professor?

The Bernard Osher Foundation has provided a $1 million endowment to 119 colleges and universities across the nation to establish Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI). These institutes are housed in the Continuing Education departments of the schools and offer noncredit courses for senior citizens. The National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) has been offering a course entitled Learning from Others: The Power of Public Deliberation through the OLLI program at the University of Dayton.

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  • Glacier National Park

"Negotiating Climate Change: Paris 2015" - Helping People Talk about Climate Change, from the Choices Program, Brown University

Now available from the Choices Program's (Brown University) Teaching with the News series is Negotiating Climate Change: Paris 2015, a free set of resources to help people learn and talk about climate change. The resources include videos, articles, downloadable handouts, an "Identifying Key Issues" worksheet, and supplementary information. The materials are designed for use with students but could be helpful for anyone who is interested in this public problem.

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  • Michael D'Innocenzo and students

Watch a Video - Michael D'Innocenzo Helps High School Students Talk about Public Issues

You can watch a two-minute video that describes Michael D'Innocenzo's work to help high school students in Floral Park, Long Island, New York, discuss national issues during a Renew New York High School Convention in 2013. Michael D'Innocenzo is a former National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) member, and a professor at Hofstra University, and a long-time convener and moderator of National Issues Forums (NIF).

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Apply Now for a Taylor L. Willingham Legacy Fund Award

Applications are now being accepted (deadline is December 31, 2015) from individuals who are interested in being considered to receive a Taylor L. Willingham Legacy Fund grant. Grants are provided to individuals to enable them to develop an understanding of deliberative democracy and launch one or more deliberative dialogues in their communities and organizations in order to advance NIFI's overall mission, which is to promote public deliberation about national issues.

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  • NIF issue guides

Please Help Us and Complete Our New Issue Guide Survey

Issue guides are at the center of the National Issues Forum Institute’s efforts to engage concerned citizens around discussing actionable solutions for our nation’s most pressing issues, such as health care affordability and social security reforms. They provide the unbiased facts, research and potential solutions to spark a discussion about solving these types of national challenges. We think of them as study guides for your forums.

Making deliberation easier, more accessible

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