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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.

Civic Reflection for Educators Facilitation Training

May 29 2012

In February 2012, over 20 educators participated in a Civic Reflection for Educators workshop and received training in facilitating reflective discussions both as pedogogy for their classrooms and as models for civic engagement and service-learning.

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“Now We’re Talking” Program Helps Libraries Become Community Living Rooms

May 24 2012

In late 2009, the California Council for the Humanities and Center for Civic Reflection launched an initiative called "Making a Difference" (MAD), providing library staff in Riverside County, California with training in facilitating civic dialogue and resources to build public programming focused on topics of community concern. The goal of MAD was to help libraries transform themselves into "community living rooms" -- places where community members not only think and read alone, but build community and talk across difference together.

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CCR Leads Reflective Discussion with Chicago Public Art Group

May 24 2012

In September 2010, the Center for Civic Reflection led a reflective discussion focused on the questions, "What is public art?" and "What constitutes community engagement?" with the Chicago Public Art Group. Participants in the discussion included the Chicago Public Art Group's board and participating artists, and was used to supplement a strategic planning retreat.

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Justice Talking Curriculum Expands Horizons of OneStar Foundation in Texas

May 24 2012

In April 2011, OneStar, a Texas Foundation seeking to achieve sustainable social impact, held a civic reflection training and came back with rave reviews. Their training introduced more than sixty attendees to the practice of civic reflection. For many participants, this was an opportunity to discover the new "Justice Talking" curriculum created by the Center on Civic Reflection. Facilitators embraced the use of new media in the curriculum, such as photographs, videos, and audio pieces, noting that they expanded possibilities for dialogue.

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