The Civic Literacy Initiative seeks to prepare graduates for informed and engaged participation in the civic and economic life of their local and national communities. To this end, CSLD is developing a series of events, workshops, symposia, and courses centered on these themes: protection of the natural rights of individuals, economic freedom and open markets, the rule of law, equal protection of the laws, constitutional rights and responsibilities, and the virtues of free and responsible citizenship. The project envisions hiring two post-doctoral fellows to help develop and teach new civic and economic literacy courses, with particular interest in scholars specializing in political theory, constitutionalism, economic history, or other relevant fields.
Past Civic and Economic Literacy events and activities hosted by CSLD:
- 2021 CSLD Undergraduate Essay Competition. Topic: “Should the United States make military or national service compulsory?” (April 2021)
- The Civic Literacy and Citizenship Symposium 2021 (June 2021)
- Sexual Orientation and the Military with US Army (retired) Col. Sheri Swokowski, Ph.D. (November 2020)
- Arms and the University with UW Emeritus Dr. Don Downs (November 2020)
- Race, Gender, and the U.S. Citizen-Soldier with Major General Marcia M. Anderson, U.S. Army Reserve (November 2020)
- Civil-Military Relations: What They Are, Why They Matter, and How to Think About Them, with Dr. Richard H. Kohn from University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (March 2020)
- Socialism, Social Democracy and Capitalism: A Debate on which is right for America (March 2020)
- Public Debate: Is Trumpism Good or Bad for America? (November 2019)
- The Civic Literacy and Citizenship Symposium 2019 (June 2019)
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