Workshop Descriptions -Fall 2022.pdf

Misinformation, Fake News and Political Propaganda

Are you overwhelmed with messages from politicians, news sources, and other media? Distinguish truth from fiction using real-world examples of political ads, news headlines, logical fallacies, graphs/charts, the effect of word choice in messaging, statistical data and other types of information. Become your own “fact-checker” and learn how to find accurate information.

  • Mainstream press and “fake news”
  • Social Media posts
  • Email clickbait
  • Propaganda
  • Deepfakes
  • Survey / poll questions
  • Economic data
  • Graphs and charts
  • Finding good information

Praise for this workshop:

“Well organized, excellent information!” 

     “Loved it...well-rounded, wide array of examples!”

          “This was fun and informative! Thank you so much!”

               “...students need this!!!”

 Citizen Activism 101—Making Change Happen

Want to improve life for yourself and your neighbors or have a concern about local, state, or federal laws? This workshop provides a brief historical perspective, discusses strategies for change, and gives examples of successful advocacy. You’ll learn about choosing your battles, deciding what matters to you; and how to get heard. Learn tools for change, "lobbying”, how to track legislation, and provide testimony.

  • Historical perspective
  • Types of advocacy
  • Examples of successful advocacy
  • Who makes the rules?
  • Tools / strategies for change
  • Engaging with government / lobbying for influence
  • Tracking civic / political legislation

Praise for this workshop:

          “Great presenter...should be a day conference!” 

               “ACTIONABLE!” 

                    “Very practical information!”

 The Constitution: Fulfilling Democracy's Promise? -

Democracy, the Constitution, and Representation in Congress

 Looks at the Constitution’s creation, traces major changes to its interpretation, and examines its current structural limitations. This workshop punctures some myths and helps participants develop a perspective that helps evaluate its meaning more thoughtfully. 

  • Status of democracy
  • Early America
  • Forming a country
  • Bill of Rights
  • Structural issues / representation
  • Interpreting the Constitution
  • Changes to the Constitution

 Praise for this workshop:

“Good level of history and contemporary political ideas”

     “Every citizen should take this serious look at our Constitution.” 

          “Good job presenting in a non-partisan way.” 

Beyond Voting—Elections and Campaign Financing

This is a unique workshop covering topics related to our electoral systems and presenting specific ideas for bi-partisan civic/political engagement. 

  • A constitutional right to vote?
  • Voter suppression
  • Election 2020 / 2022 issues
  • New and potential election practices
  • Redistricting / gerrymandering
  • Campaign financing issues and tracking

 Praise for this workshop:

“Very good, solid information – This is what all Americans need to know.” 

     “I consider myself a well-informed citizen but I learned a great deal of new information.”

               “Truly valuable information.”