Check out Donna's interview on OPB's Think Out Loud program from Nov 3, 2020!!
A great way to learn about what Civics for Adults is all about.
Testimonials from the first virtual workshops...Testimonials-Participants-and-Librarians-Aug2020pub.pdf
I have to say, this one, from the Citizen Activism workshop, is my favorite:
"Donna provided useful and detailed information that was inspiring! It was in depth, but attainable. I, also, liked the focus on local policies that affect us directly. She encouraged me to be the activist that I have wanted be, but have stopped myself from being. She said to start by doing something simple, but courageous. Thank you for this gift."
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!”
Also, learn how to find accurate information.
“Well organized, excellent information!”
“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? Discusses: Strategies for change; Examples of successful advocacy; Brief historical perspective; Choosing your battles; What matters to you?; Who makes the rules?; Getting heard; Tools for change; "Lobbying"; “Tracking” legislation; Providing “testimony.”
“Great presenter...should be a day conference!”
“Very practical information!”
The Constitution: Fulfilling Democracy's Promise?
Look at the Constitution’s creation and its structural limitations, and trace major changes to its interpretation. We puncture some myths and develop a perspective that helps evaluate its meaning more thoughtfully.
“Every citizen should take this serious look at our Constitution.”
“Good level of history and contemporary political ideas”
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. Topics include: Voting as Constitutional right(?), Voting Security, Alternative Systems, Redistricting, Electoral College, Campaign Financing, Tracking Money/Campaign Finance Databases, Public Financing of Elections.
“...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”
“You are a great teacher, Donna.”