Civics in the News

Top social studies teachers accepted to center’s professional development series
(Sept. 22, 2016) LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Twenty-three Kentucky social studies teachers will participate in the McConnell Center’s Teacher Scholars Program.
McConnell Center celebrates Constitution Day with debate, cupcakes
(Sept. 15, 2016) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As the University of Louisville's sponsor for U.S. Constitution Day, the McConnell Center invites the UofL and greater Louisville community to join us for a series of events designed to commemorate the 1787 signing of the pivotal document.
McConnell Center sponsors panel at annual APSA meeting
(Sept. 1, 2016) PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Scholars consider how friendship among political leaders translates into a politics of statesmanship during periods of political transformations.
Gies earns Madden Award, Deans Citation
(May 5, 2016) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - McConnell Center civics coordinator graduates with UofL history degree May 14.
Manns receives Henry Clay Cup for Exemplary Service in Civic Education
(April 8, 2016) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Social studies specialist honored for career dedicated to improving civic education in Kentucky.
New York Times bestseller Jay Winik to visit McConnell Center
(March 17, 2016) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jay Winik’s free, public talk on “1944: FDR, Statesmanship and the Year that Changed America” will begin at 6 p.m., April 4, at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium’s PNC Club, with a reception and book signing to follow.
Ft. Thomas Highlands team wins state 'We The People' competition
(Jan. 26, 2016) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – High School students competed at the University of Louisville's McConnell Center to earn a bid to the national 'We the People' civics competition.
Center co-sponsors documentary on Lincoln’s deep ties to Kentucky
(Jan. 26, 2016) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The McConnell Center is one of several sponsors of the film, produced by Witnessing History, LLC.
Gregg leads civic symposium at alma mater
(JAN 12, 2016) ELKINS, W. Va. — McConnell Center Director Gary Gregg travels to Davis & Elkins College to deliver a lecture on American political institutions.
Center kicks-off 25th anniversary with series on 'Citizens & Statesmen'
(Jan. 7, 2016) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The American Council of Trustees and Alumni recently named the Center “an oasis of excellence in higher education.”
Year-long invitation to celebrate Center's 25th anniversary
(Jan. 4, 2016) McConnell Center Director Gary Gregg invites students, teachers and the public to join Center's 25th anniversary programs and events.
Alumnus shares civic-mindedness with Boy Scouts
Sam Whittaker ('15), of Paducah, Ky., is serving as Program Area Director for Citizenship and Personal Development for Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky.,
26 Kentucky high schoolers participate in Young Leaders Academy
(June 18, 2015) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The McConnell Center hosted its annual Young Leaders Academy June 14 to 17 at the University of Louisville.
Center celebrates Constitution Day with debate, cupcakes and pocket Constitutions
(Sept. 11, 2015) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Thursday, Sept. 17, marks the 228th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.
McConnell Center sponsors panel at annual APSA meeting
(Sept. 10, 2015) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Scholars gathered to discuss and consider the role of statesmanship, citizenship and constitutionalism in ancient and modern times.
Center welcomes 22 to Teacher Scholars Program
(Sept. 2, 2015) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Twenty-two social studies teachers have been named to the the McConnell Center’s prestigious year-long Teacher Scholars Program.
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.