2014 National Conference

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August 22- 24, 2014

Indianapolis, Indiana

The 2014 CCL Conference will focus on the many ways in which America’s low levels of civic literacy affect decision-making and communication in the 21st Century.  We will “Connect the Dots” between scholars and practitioners– from education, business, the nonprofit sector, media and government– and consider what the research tells us about promising practices for increasing civic knowledge.

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This year’s theme, Connecting the Dots, will focus on what we have learned—and the many things we still need to know—about the obvious and not-so-obvious consequences of low levels of civic understanding: How and why does civic literacy matter?

WHO should attend? Anyone concerned about, or just interested in, the causes and consequences of America’s “civic deficit”—our citizens’ low levels of civic knowledge and engagement—and what we can do to remedy that deficit.  The conference schedule will bring together researchers, teachers, journalists, and leaders from the business, nonprofit, and government sectors, to examine the ways in which gaps in civic literacy impact national and local conversations and decisions.

WHY should you attend?  To share your insights and gain a deeper understanding of both the problems and the possible solutions, in rich discussions with researchers, teachers, business people, journalists, and government leaders.  Fully understanding the causes and consequences of civic illiteracy requires many voices at the table, including yours!  This year’s agenda will cover a range of topics, please see below for an overview of our schedule.

WHEN and WHERE?  From 4 pm on August 22nd until 2pm on August 24th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Historic Union Station, in Indianapolis, Indiana.


AGENDA

Day 1: Friday, August 22nd

4:00PM – 5:00PM, Registration
5:15PM – 6:00PM, Reception, Sponsored by Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
6:00PM – 7:45PM, Dinner, Conference Co-Chair Opening Remarks; Theodore R. Boehm, Indiana Supreme Court (Emeritus); Ted McConnell, Executive Director, Civic Mission of Schools Campaign, National Council for the Social Studies (Welcome and Introductions by Beth Cate, Charles Dunlap, and Bill Moreau)

Day 2: Saturday, August 23rd

8:00AM – 9:00AM, Breakfast & Poster Showcase
9:00AM – 9:30AM, Opening Session, Sheila Kennedy, Director, Center for Civic Literacy
9:30AM – 11:00AM, Keynote Address, David Schultz, Professor of Political Science, Hamline University
11:00AM – 11:45AM, Update on the Indiana Civic Health Index, Charles Dunlap, Indiana Bar Foundation; Ellen Szarleta, Center for Urban and Regional Excellence, IU Northwest; Kristen Fuhs Wells, Indiana Humanities Council
11:45AM – 1:00PM, Lunch & Panel Discussion, A Case Study in Civic (Il)Literacy: Health Care Reform, Eric Meslin, Associate Dean for Bioethics, Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine & Director, IU Center for Bioethics; Kosali Simon, Professor, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs
1:00PM – 2:00PM, Civic Literacy Gaps & Their Impact on the Economy, or “Ten Things the Public Can and Should Understand About Regulation”, Greg Kueterman, Director of Communications, Lilly Diabetes, Eli Lilly and Company
2:00PM – 3:00PM, Civic Literacy Gaps & Their Impact on the Arts & Philanthropy, Dallas Dishman, Executive Director, The David Geffen Foundation
3:00PM – 3:15PM, Break
3:15PM – 4:15PM, Civic Literacy Gaps & Religion in Public Life: The Role of Journalists, Jamila Bey, Journalist & Host of The Voice of Russia (American Edition), Sex, Politics & Religion Hour (SPAR) with Jamila
4:15PM – 5:15PM, Civic Literacy Gaps & Youth Engagement & Experience, Kim McLaurin, Associate Clinical Professor of Law & Director, Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, University of Suffolk Law School
5:15PM, Dinner

Day 3: Sunday, August 24th

*Educators Day*
7:45AM – 8:45AM, Breakfast & Poster Showcase
8:45AM – 10:00AM, Civic Literacy Gaps & Education Policy, Andrea Neal, Indiana State Board of Education, Teacher at St. Richard’s School; Robin Winston, Principal, Winston/Terrell Group & former Chair, Indiana Democratic Party; Kyle Stokes, Youth & Education Reporter, KPLU & former lead reporter, State Impact Indiana; Paul Helmke, Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center, Indiana University
10:00AM – 11:00AM, Civic Literacy Gaps Inside the Classroom & Beyond, Walter Parker, Professor, College of Education at the University of Washington; Frances M. Burroughs, Director of Educational Program Development, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; M. Jacqueline Nytes, Chief Executive Officer, Indianapolis Marion County Public Library
11:00AM – 11:15AM, Break
11:15AM – NOON, Teaching Deliberative Skills & Measuring the Quality of Civic & Political Engagement: A Visit with Diana Hess, Diana Hess, Senior Vice President, The Spencer Foundation
NOON – 1:30PM, Lunch & Panel Discussion, A Civic Literacy Success Story: H.J. Resolution 3, Bill Moreau, Partner with Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Jim Shella, WISH-TV 8, Indianapolis; Rick Sutton, President, Indiana Equality Action
1:30PM, Dismissal


REGISTRATION

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Online registration will close at 11:59PM on Friday, August 15, 2014.  On-site registration will not be available.

Registration Packages

This year, we have four conference packages from which to choose:

ALL INCLUSIVE: $525This package includes: Access to all conference presentations; Friday reception and dinner, plus Friday hotel room accommodation; Saturday breakfast, break service and lunch, and Saturday hotel room accommodation; Sunday breakfast, break service and closing lunch service.

2 DAY, 1 NIGHT: $325. This package includes: Access to either Day1/Day2 or Day2/Day3 conference presentations; all meals for the appropriate days of your attendance & one night of hotel accommodation. 

FULL CONFERENCE, NO HOTEL (Local Deal): $250.  This package includes: Access to all conference presentations; Friday reception and dinner; Saturday breakfast, break service and lunch; Sunday breakfast, break service and closing lunch service.

SUNDAY ONLY: $75.  This package includes: Access to Sunday’s presentations; Sunday breakfast, break service and closing lunch service.

Please refer to the above schedule to choose the most appropriate registration package for your attendance needs.

 

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 SPEAKERS

Our conference schedule brings together scholars and leaders from education, the business and nonprofit sectors, government, and the media, to examine the ways in which gaps in civic literacy impact national and local conversations and decisions.

Day 1: August 22nd
Beth Cate, Associate Professor of Law and Public Policy, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Charles Dunlap, Director, Indiana Bar Foundation
Bill Moreau, Partner with Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
Theodore R. Boehm, Indiana Supreme Court (Emeritus)
Ted McConnell, Executive Director, Civic Mission of Schools Campaign, National Council for the Social Studies

Day 2: August 23rd
Sheila Kennedy, Director, Center for Civic Literacy & Professor, IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs
David Schultz, Professor of Political Science, Hamline University
Charles Dunlap, Indiana Bar Foundation
Ellen Szarleta, Indiana University Northwest
Kristen Fuhs Wells, Indiana Humanities Council
Eric Meslin, Associate Dean for Bioethics, Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine & Director, IU Center for Bioethics
Kosali Simon, Professor, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Greg Kueterman, Director of Communications, Lilly Diabetes, Eli Lilly & Company
Dallas Dishman, Executive Director, Geffen Foundation
Jamila Bey, Journalist & Host of The Voice of Russia (American Edition) Sex, Politics & Religion (SPAR) Hour with Jamila
Kim McLaurin, Associate Clinical Professor of Law & Director, Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, University of Suffolk Law School (MA)

Day 3: August 24th *Educators Day*
Andrea Neal, Indiana State Board of Education & Teacher at St. Richard’s School
Robin Winston, Principal, Winston/Terrell Group & former Chair, Indiana Democratic Party
Kyle Stokes, KPLU News Seattle Washington
Paul Helmke, Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center
Walter Parker, Professor, University of Washington
Frances M. Burroughs, Director of Educational Program Development at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
M. Jacqueline Nytes, CEO, Indianapolis Marion County Public Library
Diana Hess, Senior Vice President, The Spencer Foundation
Bill Moreau, Partner with Barnes & Thornburgh, LLP
Jim Shella, WISH-TV 8 Indianapolis
Rick Sutton, Indiana Equality Action


Venue

Indianapolis, INAll conference activities will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Historic Crowne Plaza Union Station & Hotel.

Crowne Plaza Union Station & Hotel
123 W. Louisiana Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46225

NOTE: The cost of your hotel accommodations at the Crowne Plaza is included as part of your registration fee.

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