Past Events

You Don't Have to Do This Alone Poster Contest

For the General Public

Charlie Olsen, 2021 NH’s Kid Governor and his Executive Council are pleased to present:

You Don't Have to Do This Alone
A Poster Contest to Bring Awareness to Childhood DepressionA Depression

How Can We Help Each Other When We’re Feeling Down?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, children of all ages have sometimes felt sad or alone. With over 44,000 students in NH suffering from depression, NH’s 2021 Kid Governor, Charlie Olsen, wants you to know, “you don’t have to do this alone”. We all need a support system, someone we can reach out to when we are down. We are all in this together and we need to find ways to support each other.

April 23, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 5:00 pm
You Don't Have to Do This Alone Poster Contest

NH Young Leaders Roundtable Discussion

For the General Public

What Inspires You?

Hear from young leaders such as the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Manchester movement, a state representative, a school board member, a campaign manager, a legislation tracker, etc., who have taken actions such as planning walk-outs, organizing rallies, holding public office, speaking before the NH legislature and more. A nonpartisan public discussion featuring five inspiring young leaders in their community who will be sharing their experiences in civic engagement. 

Video replay

April 15, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NH Young Leaders Roundtable Discussion

Civics Slam! with David Alcox

For the General Public

Part of our public discourse series: a three part learning series

Deepen your knowledge about foundational concepts of our constitutional democracy.  Do you want to add to your civics knowledge? Do you want to get more civically involved and would like a deeper understanding of how government works? Deepen your knowledge about the following foundational concepts:

  • The U.S. Government in theory
  • The function of the political party system
  • The Electoral College system
  • The U.S. Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights & the essential rights of freedom
  • Knowing the 14th Amendment & citizenship
  • Voting rights for all American citizens

NH HumanitiesThis project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Session 1 Video Replay

Session 2 Video Replay

Session 3 Video Replay

March 31, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Civics Slam! with David Alcox

Youth Changemakers: Join the NH Mikva Challenge Issues to Action Kickoff!

For the General Public

Issues to Action Kickoff

Calling all youth changemakers! Join young people from around the country at this event focused on the how-to's of youth-led community action. You'll gain tools and strategies for designing your own community action project, and hear directly from a panel of young people who have completed powerful projects in the past. Whether you have taken community action before, or are just starting to think about getting involved, all middle and high school students are welcome.

March 11, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Youth Changemakers: Join the NH Mikva Challenge Issues to Action Kickoff!

NH Mikva Challenge Project Soapbox

For the General Public

Project Soapbox is a public speaking initiative put on by Mikva Challenge in partnership with the NH Institute for Civics Education, that calls on young people to develop and deliver an original speech on an issue that matters to them. 

We invite you to watch this state-wide virtual mainstage showcase for the 10 outstanding speakers who were chosen to advance in the Mikva Challenge.

Video replay

March 9, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
NH Mikva Challenge Project Soapbox

Is Civic Learning a Constitutional Right?

For the General Public

2020 William W. Treat Lecture

The annual William W. Treat Lecture is NH Civics’ premier public event. As the title suggests, it can be a formal lecture, more often, however, it has taken the form of a conversation. 

Featured speakers:

Michael Rebell, LL.B.Executive Director of the Center for Educational Equity at Columbia University’s Teachers College

Jennifer Wood, Executive Director, Rhode Island Center for Justice

Video replay

October 29, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Is Civic Learning a Constitutional Right?

Authentic Engagement: Community Connections in Legal Education

For Educators

Teacher Professional Development

Kate Sintros presented on teaching racial justice in a predominantly white state like NH. She shared her practices of utilizing mock trial as well as Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy in her civics and law classes. Attorney Seth Aframe described how he has supported Kate’s instruction. 

Aaron Blais presented on how he teaches law using a project-based-learning approach incorporating the Innocence Project and a sentencing activity, You Be the Judge , with Judge Will Delker. He wants teachers to know that fruitful connections between the community and the classroom are plentiful and accessible no matter where you teach in NH, especially in the age of remote learning.

Featured participants:

Aaron Blais, Social Studies Teacher, Exeter High School

Kate Sintros, Social Studies Teacher, Hopkinton High School

Seth AframeAssistant United States Attorney, New Hampshire United States Attorney’s Office

Honorable N. William DelkerAssociate Justice for the New Hampshire Superior Court

Video replay

 

October 27, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Authentic Engagement: Community Connections in Legal Education

Democracy in Action in Elementary School: How to Infuse Principles of Democracy in Everyday Teaching and Learning

For Educators

If we want children to grow into active citizens - people who will participate in the democratic process, they need to experience the foundational principles of a democratic society in childhood. The elementary school classroom provides many opportunities to model and help children experience many core tenets of democracy in action.

Featuring Mike Anderson, award-winning educator and best-selling author.

Video replay

October 22, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Democracy in Action in Elementary School: How to Infuse Principles of Democracy in Everyday Teaching and Learning

Civics in the Middle: Engaging Student Voice for Inquiry to Informed Action

For the General Public

A webinar featuring national civic education leader Mary Ellen Daneels of the McCormick Foundation and Illinois Civics.

In this interactive session, explore how to design curriculum to equip students to be responsible, participatory, and justice-oriented members of their community whether in the classroom or engaged in remote learning. Walk away with strategies to promote student voice for agency and advocacy.

October 15, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Civics in the Middle: Engaging Student Voice for Inquiry to Informed Action

Protect & Defend the Constitution: The Significance of the Oath of Office

For the General Public

2020 William W. Treat Lecture

The annual William W. Treat Lecture is NH Civics’ premier public event. As the title suggests, it can be a formal lecture, more often, however, it has taken the form of a conversation. 

Featured Presenters:

Judge Scott Stucky, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Maggie GoodlanderLawyer and Adjunct Professor of constitutional law at UNH School of Law

Dr. Janet Breslin, Chair, Dept of National Security Strategy at the National War College, Deputy Staff Director of the US Senate Agriculture Committee and Legislative Director to Senators Patrick Leahy and Donald Stewart

Video replay

October 1, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Protect & Defend the Constitution: The Significance of the Oath of Office

Why is Civic Education Essential to Our National Security?

For the General Public

2020 William W. Treat Lecture

The annual William W. Treat Lecture is NH Civics’ premier public event. As the title suggests, it can be a formal lecture, more often, however, it has taken the form of a conversation. 

Featured Speakers:

Suzanne Spaulding, Senior Adviser, Homeland Security, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies and Former Under Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security

Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Board of Advisors of the Center of Ethics and the Rule of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law and Former General Counsel to the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency

Ted McConnell (moderator), Senior Policy Advisor to CivXNow, Director of Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

Video replay

September 24, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Why is Civic Education Essential to Our National Security?

Meeting the Moment: Renewing Democracy Through Civic Learning

For the General Public

2020 William W. Treat Lecture

The annual William W. Treat Lecture is NH Civics’ premier public event. As the title suggests, it can be a formal lecture, more often, however, it has taken the form of a conversation. Presenting a William W. Treat Lecture to Celebrate Constitution Day featuring national civic education leaders:

  • Louise Dube, Executive Director, iCivics
  • Ted McConnell, Senior Policy Advisor, CivXNow Coalition and Custodian, Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

Video replay

September 17, 2020 | 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Meeting the Moment: Renewing Democracy Through Civic Learning

A Conversation with Judge Merrick Garland

For the General Public

2020 William W. Treat Lecture

The annual William W. Treat Lecture is NH Civics’ premier public event. As the title suggests, it can be a formal lecture, more often, however, it has taken the form of a conversation. 

Featured speakers:

Honorable Merrick B. Garland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Maggie GoodlanderAdjunct Professor of Constitutional Law at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, and former law clerk to Judge Garland

Video replay

September 9, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
A Conversation with Judge Merrick Garland

NH’s Kid Governor Bootcamp

For Educators

NH’s Kid Governor Bootcamp for grade 5 teachers webinar. NH’s Kid Governor Coordinator, Luane Genest will give an overview of the program.  Michael Cuddihy,  teaching fellow at Sant Bani School, will give participants tips on making candidate videos.  Participants will receive the materials needed to bring the NH’s Kid Governor Program to their classrooms.

August 17, 2020 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
NH’s Kid Governor Bootcamp

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