As Americans commemorate the adoption of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, the National Issues Forums Institute is connecting with a wide range of partners to promote opportunities for deliberative forums on campuses and in communities on issues with close ties to the study of the Constitution. This ongoing initiative known as With the People will encourage deliberative forums around the country during Constitution Week from September 16 to September 22.
With national, statewide, and local elections taking place in November, an examination of encouraging and safeguarding voting is both timely and relevant in communities across the country. Join the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) for an online workshop to explore the fundamental practices of convening and moderating community and campus discussions on this critically important issue.
A new issue guide (5 pages), titled War in Ukraine: How Should the United States Respond? was produced by the Democracy Commitment at Monroe Community College and is available as a free download. The following is from an Introduction to the guide:
Joni Doherty, a Kettering Foundation program officer, recently wrote an article about the framing and use of a series of Historic Decisions issue guides that have been produced by museums around the country.
Join museum and humanities educators from across the country for an online introduction to creating issue guides for deliberating about historic decisions. Looking at history from a deliberative perspective expands our sense of who can be a political actor and where political actions can occur.
Veronica Adams-Cooper, PhD, Albany State University professor, and National Issues Forums (NIF) moderator submitted a report on a forum (held via Webex) that she convened and moderated at Albany State University, in Albany, Georgia on May 3, 2022.
The National Week of Conversation is an initiative of dozens of national partnering organizations designed to engage people with different points of view in productive discussions of important public issues in ways they can replicate in their own communities.