About the McConnell Center's Civic Education Program

The McConnell Center began civic education projects in 2005 to help Kentuckians address the national problem of declining classroom emphasis on American history and civic education, abysmal student knowledge of the American Constitution and political processes and a growing detachment of young people from the political process.

The Civic Education Program is a non-profit, non-partisan series established to assist Kentucky citizens in developing a better understanding of the American Constitution and history and to encourage open and free discussion of perennial concerns that inform contemporary politics.

The McConnell Center conducts educational programs for teachers, students (K-12 and college), and the general public focused on developing a strong knowledge of American history and fostering creative thinking about the possibilities and problems of citizenship in the 21st century.

“American democracy will only flourish as long as our citizens are knowledgeable and engaged. In order to help our teachers be better teachers of our rising citizenry, we formed our Civic Education Program. Through intense seminars, lectures, discussions and retreats, we hope to contribute to the teaching of American government and American history in Kentucky schools.”- Gary Gregg, PhD, Director of the McConnell Center