Students better understand the inter-relations between democracy, civil life, and politics within the United States.
Through a blend of structured and unstructured activities and discussions, we reflect on how the various narratives around the nation’s formation serve to alternately reinforce or disrupt our personal understanding of what it means to ‘be an American’.
Students consider the foundational tension between individual freedoms and societal good, analyzing how structural decisions made centuries ago impact choices today.
We delve into the concept of responsibility for one’s country, visiting institutions and actors and prompting students to consider the range of duties entailed by citizenship, including service to one’s country, informed participation in the voting process, and organized demonstration against abuses of power.
Potential Program Themes
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