Currently accepting applications from Illinois teachers who want to bring public policy discussions into their high school classrooms
CHICAGO – The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) announces the ninth Illinois Capitol Forum on America’s Future, a program offering the state’s high school social studies teachers and their students an opportunity to deliberate the United States’ role in international issues such as immigration, nuclear proliferation, environment, terrorism and foreign trade. Applications are available online or by calling 312.422.5580. Application deadline is September 21, 2007.
A national program of Choices for the 21st Century Education Program at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, Capitol Forum provides the curriculum and venue for students to actively participate in civic dialogue about US foreign policy. Teachers who participate in the program receive free curriculum materials and training to engage whole classes in consideration of the five major global issues.
Teachers and students appreciate the way Capitol Forum encourages civic engagement, supports critical thinking, and brings together young adults from across the state to listen, to deliberate, and to communicate. The program meets state standards for social studies in Illinois. Illinois is one of 12 states currently participating in the program. The Illinois Capitol Forum is sponsored by the IHC and Secretary of State Jesse White.
The Illinois Humanities Council is an educational organization dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Through its programs and grants, the IHC promotes greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. Organized as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1973, the IHC is now a private nonprofit (501 [c] 3) organization that is funded by contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations; by the Illinois General Assembly; and by the NEH.
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