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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.

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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CCR Director, Adam Davis, Serves on Panel for Graduate Students at UChicago

Feb 13 2013

On January 25, the Director of the Center for Civic Reflection, Adam Davis, served on a panel at GradUCon, the University of Chicago's premiere graduate student career and professionalization conference. The conference is devised to show the connections between graduate students' professionalization and academic work, and to help students feel "realistically optimistic" about the career options open to them.

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