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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.

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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NIU Integrates Civic Reflection into Campus Life

Oct 21 2013

Over the past two years, Northern Illinois University (NIU) in Dekalb, IL has built civic reflection into the life of the campus by training students, resident advisors, faculty and staff to facilitate reflective dialogues. Rather than creating stand-alone programs around civic reflection, NIU’s Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) has looked for opportunities to integrate the practice into “what’s already happening on campus,” explains OSEEL director Julia Spears.  

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Ask Big Questions Fellows Trained at Washington University

Aug 15 2013

Students from 25 college campuses in the U.S. and Canada attended a training for Ask Big Questions (ABQ) Fellows July 31-August 2 at Washington University in St. Louis.  An initiative of Hillel, the foundation for Jewish campus life, ABQ brings people of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints together to converse about “Big Questions” on topics that matter to and can be answered by everyone, questions like, For whom are we responsible?  When have you been a stranger? What could we sacrifice to change the world?  The training used the civic reflection method to teach new Fellows to convene and lead reflective discussions on their campuses.  The training was led by Thomas Toney, Senior Program Coordinator with Chicago Cares; Allison Schuette and Liz Wuerffel, faculty members at Valparaiso University;  and Elizabeth Lynn, director of the Institute for Leadership and Service at Valparaiso University and the founding director of the Center for Civic Reflection.   

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Civic Reflection Discussions Lead to Book on “What Makes a South Dakotan?”

Apr 03 2013

The South Dakota Humanities Council has released a book called, "What Makes a South Dakotan?", inspired by civic reflection gatherings across the state. The response to the book and the discussions has been so powerful that the South Dakota Humanities Council is planning to continue civic reflection discussions and community conversations about the topic over the coming months.

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