Civics in the News

Teachers to consider role of religion at American Founding
(Aug. 13, 2015) Kentucky social studies teachers are invited to attend a fully-funded four-day professional development conference in Boston. Applications are due Oct. 15.
Two Teacher Scholars Program participants recognized for excellence
(May 4, 2015) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ky. social studies teachers Carmen Thompson and Sonya Gardner have been recognized for excellence in civic education.
Daniel Boone documentary to air May 4 on KET
(May 1, 2015) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The McConnell Center is one of several sponsors of the two-hour film, produced by Witnessing History, LLC.
McConnell Center partners with Kentucky Commission on Women to produce film
(Apr. 28, 2015) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The McConnell Center joins with the Kentucky Commission on Women to produce and promote a film about famous Kentucky women.
Gies receives research grant to study Kentucky state formation
(March 12, 2015) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Graduate assistant Benjamin Gies, of Louisville, is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Council on the Kentucky Society of Colonial Wars.
CIVICS: Professional development conference on 20th Century dystopian literature
(June 26, 2015) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky social studies teachers are invited to apply for a three-day conference on '20th Century Dystopian Literature.' Applications are due Aug. 3.
CIVICS: Professional development trip to Atlanta
(Feb. 6, 2015) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky social studies teachers are invited to apply for a week-long conference on 'The Intellectual Foundations of Political Economy.' Applications are due March 2.
Memorabilia, civics lessons from McConnell's life, career on display in archives
(Nov. 13, 2014) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been in public service for more than 40 years and was just elected by his peers to serve as Senate Majority Leader in the upcoming congress.
McConnell Center partners with James Madison’s Montpelier
(Nov. 12, 2014) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville’s McConnell Center has partnered with the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier. The civic education partnership will allow Kentucky social studies teachers in the McConnell Center’s professional development network to further immerse themselves in primary source documents related to the U.S. Constitution.
Professional development immersion conference for Ky. teachers announced
Nov. 7, 2014 application deadline; conference dates are Feb. 26-March 1, 2015, to St. Louis, MO
McConnell Center fellow to deliver 'Presidential All Stars' before UofL homecoming game
(Oct. 17, 2014) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville alumna Barbara Perry, PhD, will explore how presidents use athletics to bolster their political image in the next College of Arts and Sciences pre-game talk.
Center welcomes Ben Gies as civics graduate assistant
(Aug. 19, 2014) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Gies will develop civic enrichment programs such as the McConnell Center’s Young Leaders Academy for high school students and facilitate professional development conferences for Kentucky social studies teachers.
Center launches 'Debating America' fall lecture series
(Aug. 1, 2014) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville's McConnell Center will offer a series of public talks this fall. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
28 Ky. teachers complete McConnell Center’s Teachers Scholars Program
(July 17, 2014) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Twenty-eight teachers from across Kentucky have successfully completed the yearlong Teachers Scholars Program through the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center.
McConnell Center wishes Vaughn well as family moves to Cleveland
APPLY NOW: Teacher Scholars Program applications now available for KY educators
(May 12, 2014) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Applications for the McConnell Center's Teacher Scholars Program are now available for KY educators K-12. The priority consideration deadline is June 13th.
Teachers to help revive Daniel Boone's legacy in social studies curriculum
(Feb. 26, 2014) Professional development opportunity will consider the historical, geographic and cultural legacy of Daniel Boone in the eastern Kentucky region.
Director weighs in on Franklin Opus' presidential survey panel
(February 17, 2014) McConnell Center director Gary Gregg, PhD, serves as a senior fellow at Franklin's Opus.
'AP Saturday' canceled 2/15 due to inclement weather
(Feb. 14, 2014) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - For more information, contact Trisha Vaughn, Civic Education Coordinator, at or call (502) 852-8811.