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Welcome to the Center for Civic Literacy

Giving Civics a Sporting Chance

“There is clearly little we can do to improve the contemporary, abysmal state of public discourse, but in addition to researching the causes and consequences of civic ignorance, those of us working at CCL have been working with the League of Women Voters and the Indiana Bar Foundation, among others, to produce materials that we hope will help address the issue”

This small book suggests policies that would make information about America’s government and constitution as culturally important as information about sports. People who can tell you who won the pennant in 1939 should also be able to tell you what rights the 4th Amendment protects.

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An Enlightened Citizenry: The Personality of Civic Aptitude

In his forthcoming book, Personality and Political Attitudes: Civic Capacity and the Challenges of Democratic Politics (to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017), Aaron Dusso examines the influence that the Big Five personality traits (Openness to Experience, Agreeableness, Extraversion, Conscientiousness, and Emotional Stability) have on the ability to understand political issues and party behavior.  Specifically, he looks at how well individuals know factual information about five different issue areas and then how well they are able to connect their own personal policy preferences to the correct party. The five issue areas are same-sex marriage, U.S. energy production, drug testing welfare recipients, food stamps, and healthcare.

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Unigov Handbook

Are you familiar with “Unigov” and how it works? The CCL recognizes the importance of not only participating, but also understanding our local government. CCL partnered with the Indianapolis League of Women Voters to update the 6th edition of the Unigov handbook. Get informed today!

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Electing our future

CCL was the lead sponsor for a three-part series called Electing Our Future and partnered with a number of local organizations, including the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and Marion County Public Library, among others.  The overall goal was to increase informed engagement in the civic life of our city and to offer Marion County residents an opportunity to learn more about navigating Indianapolis’ governing structures and to recognize the impact of local government on their daily activities.  The three parts of the series included, “How Does Indianapolis Work?”, “What Are the Issues We Face?”, and “What Do We Want Indianapolis to Look Like 5, 10, 15 Years from Now?”

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Do you want to know more about how you can make a difference regarding our nation’s alarming lack of civic knowledge? 

Please email us anytime for more information or scan our website to learn more about our ongoing projectsaffiliated scholars, and our  Journal of Civic Literacy.