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What is CCR up to? Click on a news item to see updates and recaps of CCR trainings, programming and discussions, and to see what our partners are doing with civic reflection out in the world.

From Civic Reflection Saturdays to Peer-to-Peer Training

Dec 21 2015

Valparaiso University students are learning the art of civic reflection and practicing it throughout their campus community. The Civic Reflection Initiative (CRI) is a network of Valpo students who facilitate and train other students in leading reflective civic dialogue. Through this Initiative, students are developing vital skills of facilitation and listening--so important to addressing and effecting social change today---while creating opportunities on campuses to channel safe but meaningful discussions about community issues and civic engagement. 

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Purdue Students Pick Up on Civic Reflection

Apr 20 2015

In an exciting example of student-to-student learning, 25 Purdue University student leaders recently received hands-on civic reflection facilitator training from a group of Valpo students and staff.  The new facilitators plan to integrate civic reflection into their service organizations, Spring Break service trips, retreats, and freshman orientation.

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Civic Reflection and African American Philanthropy

Mar 11 2015

An innovative exhibit showcasing African American philanthropy opened at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) in Charlotte, NC on February 20, 2015. Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited includes personal vignettes, reflections, and black-and-white images from the book Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists by author Valaida Fullwood and photographer Charles W. Thomas Jr. Giving Back received the McAdam Book Award, which honors “the most inspirational and useful new book for the nonprofit sector,” and was named one of the 10 Best Black Books of 2011.

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Cal Humanities Trains Librarians to Lead Community Conversations with Veterans

Jul 01 2014

On June 9th and 10th, Cal Humanities hosted a civic reflection facilitation training for public librarians at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.  Co-led by Adam Davis (Oregon Humanities Executive Director and former Director of the Center for Civic Reflection) and  Vanessa Whang (Cal Humanities Director of Programs), the training—part of Cal Humanities’ Now We’re Talking program—included 20 representatives from sixteen library jurisdictions across California.  Since 2009 Now We’re Talking, developed in collaboration with the Center for Civic Reflection, has trained staff from library systems statewide to facilitate meaningful dialogues in their communities.

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