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Welcome to the Civic Blog and what we hope will become an ongoing discussion between our bloggers and readers. Visit often, share your perspectives, experiences and suggestions, and help us build a “civic” community. We seek a national conversation on a broad range of topics including education, science, politics and religion. We are always looking for guest bloggers. Contact us at CivLit@iupui.edu if you’d like to post your thoughts.

  • So, What Does Constitute Official Misconduct?

    By Julia Vaughn on August 20, 2013 in Civic Blog

    August 12 was a dark day for accountability in Indiana state government.  That was the day that Marion Superior Court Judge William Nelson dismissed four felony counts of official misconduct against former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Chairman David Hardy.  The charges were dismissed not because Hardy was innocent but because of a flaw in Indiana’s official misconduct law which has

  • Dearly Departed…

    By Greg Kueterman on August 19, 2013 in Civic Blog

    My Google alert the other day said The Washington Post was being sold by the Graham family to Jeff Bezos, the Amazon chief, and the news was a little jarring (though it really shouldn’t have been – Google alerts, after all, started elbowing newspapers out of the picture some time ago). It was another signal that the decline in newspaper

  • Singing an Old Familiar Song

    By Sheila Suess Kennedy on August 8, 2013 in Civic Blog

    Yesterday, I participated in the ACLU of Indiana’s much-lauded “First Wednesday” series. I was on a panel titled “The Constitution: Peruse It or Lose It.”   The program was introduced by ACLU Executive Director Jane Henegar; the moderator was local businessman and owner of the IBJ, Mickey Maurer; the two other panelists were Michael Gordon, who teaches government at Munster High

  • Delving into Detroit’s Bankruptcy

    By admin on July 30, 2013 in Civic Blog

    I can’t help but focus on the glut of coverage about the City of Detroit going bankrupt last week. The spin machine is in full swing as everyone all over the political spectrum has been using the extremely sad news to score cheap political points. I will attempt to weigh in without cheapening this unfortunate event. Above all though, I

  • Do Our Children Know How to be Citizens?

    By admin on July 26, 2013 in Civic Blog

    I was moved reading about the US naturalization ceremony that took place on July 3rd in Indianapolis along with hundreds of other similar cermonies around the country. All naturalized citizens, among many other hurdles, must pass an oral exam on history, civics and geography. The toils that so many of our friends and neighbors go through to become citizens is laudable and humbling. It

  • Engaging Those Tricky Millennials

    By admin on July 23, 2013 in Civic Blog

    In a major boost for Indianapolis last week, the Circle City hosted MCON13 in conjunction with the release of the 2013 Millennial Impact Report, a national conversation on how to engage my generation. Like many my age strapped with college debt, I decided against spending the ironic $450 to attend in person and instead watched for free online. It was

  • Informed Electorate Needed

    By Sheila Suess Kennedy on July 22, 2013 in Civic Blog

    Most Americans are currently enjoying the hiatus between elections, and while partisans are busily positioning themselves for the next round, it may be worth considering what sort of informed electorate democracy requires. If electoral processes are to produce satisfactory results, voters need information—at a minimum, voters need to understand the responsibilities of the offices being sought, and the legal and ethical obligations

  • Center for Civic Literacy Addresses the Big Questions

    By Erin Braun on July 12, 2013 in Civic Blog

    By Erin Braun, Director of Outreach, iCivics.org   We’ve all heard the depressing statistics. Two-thirds of Americans can’t identify the three branches of government. On the last National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Civics Report Card, two-thirds of students scored below proficient. Less than one-third of eighth graders can identify the historical purpose behind the Declaration of Independence, and as