Learning Enrichment Opportunities for Kentucky Teachers

Questions? Contact , Civic Education Coordinator, at 502-852-3947

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Fall 2019 Upcoming Events

Past Events

  • Film Premiere and Q&A with the Producer, Aug. 29, 6-7:30 pm, Chao Auditorium 
    • Witnessing History’s Kent Masterson Brown will introduce and present In the Declaration all men are created equal: Abraham Lincoln in Illinois, 1830 to 1860 ahead of its Sept. 1 premiere on KET.
    • FREE and open to the public.
    • School groups, teachers, and those interested in history and/or film-making are particularly encouraged to attend. 
  • Constitution Day Debate: Did America Have a Christian Founding? Sep. 11, 6-7:30 pm, Chao Auditorium 
    • This public debate between Mark David Hall, PhD, of George Fox University, and Andrew L. Seidel, JD, of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, will examine the role of religion in America’s Founding. 
    • FREE and open to the public.
  • Front Porch Republic 2019 Conference: Paying Tribute to Wendell Berry, Sep. 14, 9 am-4 pm, SAC Ballroom
    • Wendell Berry's legacy and vision will be the focus of this Front Porch Republic conference. Berry himself will deliver the keynote lecture in this McConnell Center co-sponsored event. Lunch will be provided. 
    • Teachers should register directly with Natalie Smith, McConnell Center Civic Education Coordinator, by Friday, Sep. 6 to attend the conference FREE of cost.

    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