The Forum Series
Held throughout the school year, Civic Forums provides a unique opportunity for juniors and seniors from partner high schools to learn from and connect with each other — as well as with educators and political experts — to explore issues and engage in robust discussion in a fun and supportive environment. Through indepth exploration of governance, policy, and politics, students are exposed to different perspectives and have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere.
Hosted at the historic Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, each Forum features an interesting and knowledgeable speaker focusing on a specific topic. Students take leadership roles to facilitate topic-related discussion under the guidance of their teachers.
Videos from each Civic Forum are available online so many more young people can enhance their knowledge of civics, our political system, and significant local and global issues, such as immigration, trade, the press, and checks and balances of our government.
- Voting Rights
- Gentrification and Affordable Housing
- Freedom of Speech
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ABOUT THE VENUE
Roosevelt House, an integral part of Hunter College since 1943, reopened in 2010 as a public policy institute honoring the distinguished legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Its mission is three-fold: to educate students in public policy and human rights, to support faculty research, and to foster creative dialogue.
The Forum Series Format
- 1. In the month leading up to each Forum, students learn about the topic through an array of resources.
- 2. The Forum wbegins with brief, engaging remarks by a dynamic public figure with expertise on the topic.
- 3. In small groups, students engage in student-facilitated discussion of the topics with their peers.
- 4. The full group reconvenes and representatives from each group summarize a key theme from their conversation and raise further questions for the speaker.
- 5. Students create a podcast, inclusive of an interview with the keynote speaker, to share with students beyond the Forum.
Attending the Civics Unplugged Forums
Civics Unplugged attendance is limited to junior and senior high school students from Partner Schools who have been selected to represent their school as a Civic Fellow. All students are welcome and encouraged to check out related readings, stream Civic Forum video online, and tune in to our podcast.