Past Events

Renewing Trust in Democracy: Equal Access to Justice

For the General Public

A William W. Treat Lecture

Free Hybrid Event

View the recording of the event here

Featuring: 

Maggie Goodlander, Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice

Laura Knoy, former host of The Exchange, New Hampshire Public Radio

A William W. Treat lecture with Margaret (Maggie) Goodlander, Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, in conversation with Laura Knoy on Renewing Trust in Democracy: Equal Access to Justice.

October 25, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Renewing Trust in Democracy: Equal Access to Justice

Revitalizing Democracy at Home and Abroad

For the General Public

A William W. Treat Lecture

Free Virtual Event


The video recording of this event can be viewed here.
 
Registration is now open for Revitalizing Democracy at Home and Abroad, a William W. Treat Lecture Series event! This free and virtual event will feature Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (APNSA), Jake Sullivan, and will provide attendees with key insights into the relationship between a strong democracy at home and around the world, as well as the importance of partnering with democratic allies to combat shared challenges.
 
Please join us and our partners for this important event!
Advanced registration is required.
September 14, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Revitalizing Democracy at Home and Abroad

Early Civics: Children Are Citizens PD for Grades Pre-K-5

For Educators

FREE Professional Development Opportunity

Wednesday, August 17,  2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Register by Tuesday, August 2, 2022 (Registration is now closed.)

UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, 2 White St., Concord, NH 

With Curriculum Developer and Early Childhood Educator Melissa Tonachel & NH Partner Site Director of Mikva Challenge, Amanda Maguire

How do children participate in the lives of their communities? How can educators create public platforms for children’s increased engagement? What tools and information do children need to develop the self-awareness, community-awareness, and confidence required to participate most meaningfully in their worlds? 


In the first part of this workshop, teachers will consider what it means to educate young children for social and civic engagement, learn about the work in the Boston Public Schools’ elementary classrooms, and design plans and materials for use in their own classrooms with Melissa Tonachel. The session will include interactive presentation and guided work with partners or small groups. Materials will include examples from the Boston Public Schools  curricula, readings, and planning sheets. In the second part of this workshop, NH Partner Site Director of Mikva Challenge, Amanda Maguire, will present on Project Soapbox for grades K-5. Project Soapbox is a public speaking program facilitated by Mikva Challenge that calls young people to speak out on issues that affect them and their communities. The students are asked to research, prepare, and deliver a two-minute call to action speech answering the question: What is the most important issue facing your community?

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

5 PD hours for day only participation.

10 PD hours and $75 stipend for full participation (day participation, follow up in your classroom, submitted lesson and reflection submitted to NH Civics by Jan. 31, 2023).

Register by August 2, 2022. 

In-Person at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, Concord

August 17, 2022 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Early Civics: Children Are Citizens PD for Grades Pre-K-5

NH's Kid Governor Bootcamp for 2022-2023 School Year

For Educators

NH’s Kid Governor Bootcamp for grade 5 teachers and media specialists. Registration is now open. This program offers a $100 stipend for participation in this award-winning, learning standards-aligned program! 

The bootcamp will run in a hybrid format.

Teachers are invited to join:

1) In-person at the NH Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College

or

2) Virtually over Zoom.

This will be a collaborative meeting to ask questions and share ideas. We hope you'll join us!

Register by August 8th.

August 15, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
NH's Kid Governor Bootcamp for 2022-2023 School Year

Educating for Our Constitutional Democracy: Structuring Respectful Conversations in the Classroom PD for Grades 7-12

For Educators

Wednesday, August 10, from 9:00 am -3:00 pm

Register by July 25, 2022. (Registration has closed.)

In-Person at Keene State College

Join Paula McAvoy, co-author of The Political Classroom and Mary Ellen Daneels, Director of the Illinois Civics Hub and Illinois Democracy School Network, for a full-day, in-person workshop focused on structuring respectful conversations in the classroom, giving students the skills to hear and consider both sides of a topic. 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

**The first 10 people to register and attend will receive a free copy of Making Classroom Discussions Work (a $38 dollar value.) Both Daneels and McAvoy have articles within this book, edited by Jane Lo. 

Register by July 25, 2022. (Registration has closed.)

In-Person at Keene State College

August 10, 2022 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Educating for Our Constitutional Democracy: Structuring Respectful Conversations in the Classroom PD for Grades 7-12

Cartoon Civics: PD for Grades 7-12

For Educators

Presented in partnership with the History & Social Studies Education Program and the Political Science Program at Plymouth State University. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2022, from 9:00 am -3:00 pm

Register by July 19, 2022.  (Registration has closed)

Plymouth State University 

**All registered attendees will receive FREE copies of the NH State COMICSTITUTION  & This is What Democracy Looks Like, A Graphic Guide to Governance

This free professional development workshop will guide middle and high school teachers through how to use comics and cartooning to engage students with complex topics. The workshop will be co-taught by Marek Bennett, recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award for Arts Education, and James Sturm of the Center for Cartoon Studies, co-author ofThis Is What Democracy Looks Like, A Graphic Guide To Governance.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

5 PD hours for day only participation.

10 PD hours and $75 stipend for full participation (day participation, follow up in your classroom, submitted lesson and reflection submitted to NH Civics by Jan. 31, 2023).

Register by July 19, 2022. 

In-Person at Plymouth State University

August 3, 2022 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cartoon Civics: PD for Grades 7-12

Lights, Camera, Civics! What the Constitution Means to Me

For the General Public

Film Viewing and Discussion with Nick Capodice and Hannah McCarthy of Civics 101

Free Event

June 21 from 7:00 -9:30 pm

Red River Theatres, Concord, NH 

Register here

 

Join NH Civics for a viewing of Heidi Schrek’s What the Constitution Means to Me followed by a post-viewing discussion led by Nick Capodice and Hannah McCarthy of Civics 101.

 

“Fifteen year old Heidi earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful and achingly human new play, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives.” 

June 21, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Lights, Camera, Civics! What the Constitution Means to Me

Building Civic Strength: NH Community Conversations

For the General Public

What’s at the heart of civic strength? What can we do to best prepare ourselves and our youth to take on the responsibilities of participation in a democratic society? NH Civics and NHPR will hold a series of candid conversations on citizenship today. The program will be held in locations throughout New Hampshire with a rotating panel of guest speakers and hosted by former host of NHPR’s The Exchange Laura Knoy.  Join us for a live discussion about how New Hampshire's people and communities can act now to build back our civic strength.

Listen to the April 19th Nashua Community Conversation

April 5, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
April 19, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
May 3, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
May 17, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Building Civic Strength: NH Community Conversations

2022 Project Soapbox NH Showcase Mainstage

For the General Public

Video replay. 

Throughout the fall and winter, middle and high school students across New Hampshire have been crafting their best Soapbox speeches about issues important to them and their communities. 

We encourage you to watch and engage with these powerful videos, and share your support in the comments!

May 12, 2022 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
2022 Project Soapbox NH Showcase Mainstage

Building Civic Strength: NH Community Conversations

For the General Public

What’s at the heart of civic strength? What can we do to best prepare ourselves and our youth to take on the responsibilities of participation in a democratic society? NH Civics and NHPR will hold a series of candid conversations on citizenship today. The program will be held in locations throughout New Hampshire with a rotating panel of guest speakers and hosted by former host of NHPR’s The Exchange Laura Knoy.  Join us for a live discussion about how New Hampshire's people and communities can act now to build back our civic strength.

Listen to the April 19th Nashua Community Conversation

April 5, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
April 19, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
May 3, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
May 17, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Building Civic Strength: NH Community Conversations

Kids Against Climate Change Poster Contest

For Educators

A Poster Contest to Bring Awareness to the Climate Crisis

For NH 5th Grade Students

 

Climate change is a big deal, it affects everyone and everything on Earth. Today there are things you can do to make a change in our lives. Charlotte Cotti, the kid governor of NH and the kid executive council members have a challenge for you: Can you make a poster which shows things you can do to help reduce climate change?

Contest runs from April 15-May 3, 2022. 

May 3, 2022 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Kids Against Climate Change Poster Contest

Building Civic Strength: NH Community Conversations

For the General Public

What’s at the heart of civic strength? What can we do to best prepare ourselves and our youth to take on the responsibilities of participation in a democratic society? NH Civics and NHPR will hold a series of candid conversations on citizenship today. The program will be held in locations throughout New Hampshire with a rotating panel of guest speakers and hosted by former host of NHPR’s The Exchange Laura Knoy.  Join us for a live discussion about how New Hampshire's people and communities can act now to build back our civic strength.

Listen to the April 19th Nashua Community Conversation

April 5, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
April 19, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
May 3, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
May 17, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Building Civic Strength: NH Community Conversations

Building Civic Strength: NH Community Conversations

For the General Public

What’s at the heart of civic strength? What can we do to best prepare ourselves and our youth to take on the responsibilities of participation in a democratic society? NH Civics and NHPR will hold a series of candid conversations on citizenship today. The program will be held in locations throughout New Hampshire with a rotating panel of guest speakers and hosted by former host of NHPR’s The Exchange Laura Knoy.  Join us for a live discussion about how New Hampshire's people and communities can act now to build back our civic strength.

Listen to the April 19th Nashua Community Conversation

April 5, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
April 19, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
May 3, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
May 17, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Building Civic Strength: NH Community Conversations

Renewing Trust in Democracy: The Role of the News Media

For the General Public

A William W. Treat Lecture

Free Online Event

Featuring: 

Cecilia Kang, The New York Times 

Joe McQuaid, New Hampshire Union Leader

Melanie Plenda, Granite State News Collaborative  

Moderated by Anna Brown, Citizens Count 

Review event replay here. 

February 10, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Renewing Trust in Democracy: The Role of the News Media

A User's Guide to Democracy

For Educators

With Nick Capodice and Hannah McCarthy of the Civics 101 Podcast 

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022

3:30-5:00 pm via Zoom

Free Professional Development for teachers grades 7-12


The first 25 teachers to register and participate fully in this PD (attend webinar and commit to creating and testing a follow up lesson) will receive a free copy of A User’s Guide to Democracy*** Register soon to take advantage of this offer -we have only a few spots left!***

January 26, 2022 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
A User's Guide to Democracy

NH's Kid Governor Inauguration

For the General Public

Watch the inauguration livestream by copy and pasting this link into your browser:

https://livestream.com/trsd/nhkg


OR, click on "event details" to be taken to a "clickable" link.

January 10, 2022 | 10:15 am - 11:30 am

William W. Treat Lecture Series 4: A Conversation with General James Mattis: What is the Role of the Military in a Democracy?

For the General Public
FREE Event for the General Public
Thursday, December 2, 1-2:30 pm ET
 

Click event information to watch the replay video. 

What is the role of the military in a democracy? What does it mean when an officer takes the Oath to preserve, protect, support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign or domestic? 

Join former Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis, retired War College professor Dr. Janet Breslin-Smith, military veterans, NH ROTC candidates, and high school youth in this civil and nonpartisan conversation. 

December 2, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
William W. Treat Lecture Series 4: A Conversation with General James Mattis: What is the Role of the Military in a Democracy?

Teaching Democracy: Reflective Patriotism: grades 7-12

For Educators

FREE Professional Development Opportunity

Wednesday, October 27th, via Zoom from 4-6 pm.

2 Professional Development Hours Available

The first 25 teachers to register will receive a free copy of Halvorsen’s book, Reasoning with Democratic Values 2.0: Ethical Issues in American History. 

Dr. Anne-Lise Halvorsen, Dr. Jane Lo, and Al Wood of Michigan State University provide best practices to teach reflective patriotism, considering this time of political and social division. With examples from civics and history, Lo, Wood,Halvorsen will share research-based and field-tested practical strategies for deep discourse and rigorous content while navigating our current polarized environment. Inquiry methodology and the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap will be referenced, as well as Halvorsen’s co-authored book, Reasoning with Democratic Values 2.0: Ethical Issues in American History.

October 27, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Teaching Democracy: Reflective Patriotism: grades 7-12

William W. Treat Lecture Series 3: Renewing Trust in Democracy: The Role of Courts

For the General Public

What is the role of the courts, in particular the U.S. Supreme Court, at this fraught juncture in our nation’s politics and culture? What is it like to argue in front of the Supreme Court, and how does one become a Supreme Court practitioner? Join former U.S. Solicitors General Gregory Garre ’87 and Neal Katyal ‘91 in conversation about court advocacy and reform, and the landmark cases they have argued – and won – before the Supreme Court. Moderated by Laura Knoy, former host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s acclaimed call-in news show The Exchange.

Watch replay video. 

October 21, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
William W. Treat Lecture Series 3: Renewing Trust in Democracy: The Role of Courts

Teaching Democracy: Civic Friendship and Civics in Literacy: K-3

For Educators

FREE Professional Development Opportunity

Wednesday, October 6th, via Zoom from 4-6 pm EST.

2 Professional Development Hours Available 

Watch replay video. 

Maggie Demarse, Dr. Anne-Lise Halvorsen, and Dr. Jane Lo of Michigan State University provide research-based and field-tested practical tools for elementary educators to integrate civics concepts and practices into the existing curriculum in K-3. Discover how to weave beginning civic concepts such as community, compromise, diversity, justice, and civic friendship into literacy activities and classroom management/community-building practices in ways that are engaging and meaningful to children. 

October 6, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Teaching Democracy: Civic Friendship and Civics in Literacy: K-3

Civics with the National Archives (3 Workshops)

For Educators

Free to the public

The Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives and the National Archives Foundation are pleased to provide free online civics workshop series for New Hampshire educators. 

Dates: August 17, 18 and 19

 

6 Big Ideas in the U.S. Constitution (August 17, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EST)

Using primary sources, educators will learn a new way to teach the study of the U.S. Constitution and the significance of six big ideas contained in it.

View replay video. 

View resources.

In Their Own Words: Women’s Petitions to Congress (August 18, 11:30am - 12:30 pm EST)

Analyze women’s petitions to Congress from five different eras to identify the issues women petitioned about and place them into context of their time.

View replay video.

View resources.

The Impact of Racial Discrimination on Black American Lives in the Jim Crow Era (August 19, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EST)

Students analyze documents from the holdings of the National Archives to assess the impact of legalized racial segregation on the lives of Black Americans from 1944 – 1960.

View replay video.

View resources.

3 Professional Development hours available from this three-part series.

August 17, 2021 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
August 18, 2021 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
August 19, 2021 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Civics with the National Archives (3 Workshops)

POSTPONED -Educating for Democracy and Equity: A Roadmap for Polarized Times

For the General Public

This event has been postponed.

We will be contacting those who registered individually.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

August 19, 2021 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am
POSTPONED -Educating for Democracy and Equity: A Roadmap for Polarized Times

Civics with the National Archives (3 Workshops)

For Educators

Free to the public

The Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives and the National Archives Foundation are pleased to provide free online civics workshop series for New Hampshire educators. 

Dates: August 17, 18 and 19

 

6 Big Ideas in the U.S. Constitution (August 17, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EST)

Using primary sources, educators will learn a new way to teach the study of the U.S. Constitution and the significance of six big ideas contained in it.

View replay video. 

View resources.

In Their Own Words: Women’s Petitions to Congress (August 18, 11:30am - 12:30 pm EST)

Analyze women’s petitions to Congress from five different eras to identify the issues women petitioned about and place them into context of their time.

View replay video.

View resources.

The Impact of Racial Discrimination on Black American Lives in the Jim Crow Era (August 19, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EST)

Students analyze documents from the holdings of the National Archives to assess the impact of legalized racial segregation on the lives of Black Americans from 1944 – 1960.

View replay video.

View resources.

3 Professional Development hours available from this three-part series.

August 17, 2021 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
August 18, 2021 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
August 19, 2021 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Civics with the National Archives (3 Workshops)

Civics with the National Archives (3 Workshops)

For Educators

Free to the public

The Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives and the National Archives Foundation are pleased to provide free online civics workshop series for New Hampshire educators. 

Dates: August 17, 18 and 19

 

6 Big Ideas in the U.S. Constitution (August 17, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EST)

Using primary sources, educators will learn a new way to teach the study of the U.S. Constitution and the significance of six big ideas contained in it.

View replay video. 

View resources.

In Their Own Words: Women’s Petitions to Congress (August 18, 11:30am - 12:30 pm EST)

Analyze women’s petitions to Congress from five different eras to identify the issues women petitioned about and place them into context of their time.

View replay video.

View resources.

The Impact of Racial Discrimination on Black American Lives in the Jim Crow Era (August 19, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EST)

Students analyze documents from the holdings of the National Archives to assess the impact of legalized racial segregation on the lives of Black Americans from 1944 – 1960.

View replay video.

View resources.

3 Professional Development hours available from this three-part series.

August 17, 2021 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
August 18, 2021 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
August 19, 2021 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Civics with the National Archives (3 Workshops)

NH's Kid Governor Bootcamp for 2021-2022 School Year

For Educators

NH’s Kid Governor Bootcamp for grade 5 teachers and media specialists. Registration is now open. This program offers a $75 stipend for participation in this award-winning, learning standards-aligned program! Read our Bootcamp Flyer

Teachers are invited to join a collaborative Zoom meeting to ask questions and share ideas.

Reigster by August 9th to receive information prior to the August 16th Zoom call. 

August 16th from 10:00 -11:00 am EST 

August 16, 2021 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
NH's Kid Governor Bootcamp for 2021-2022 School Year

William W. Treat Lecture Series 2: A Polarized Country - Can Schools Help Bridge the Divide?

For the General Public

How can schools in New Hampshire and nationally navigate polarization and inequity to help heal our country’s division? How can schools support civic participation and democracy? Join two thought leaders, Dianna Gahlsdorf Terrell of Saint Anselm College and Peter Levine of Tufts University in this interactive conversation and learn about current efforts and research. 

Watch replay video. 

July 22, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
William W. Treat Lecture Series 2: A Polarized Country - Can Schools Help Bridge the Divide?

Deeper Civic Learning: Democratic Knowledge & Civic Agency

For Educators

Professional Development Training for Middle-High School

3 Professional Development Hours Available

"Civic Engagement in Our Democracy" by the Democratic Knowledge Project

Join Justin Pottle as he shares civics curriculum that is in-development called the "Civic Engagement in Our Democracy" , designed for Grade 8. This new curriculum is being developed by the Edmond Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, scholars throughout the university, and a cohort of 8th grade social studies teachers. 

Watch replay video. 

How to Plan a Civics-In-Action Speaker Series with Your Students 

"A civic agent is a citizen who is 'active, not passive' in the affairs of his or her community, state and nation."

Join Patrick McGravey to learn about what the  Civics in Action Speaker Series  is, how to plan one and customize it for your classroom.  This activity will engage your students and teach civic agency. 

Watch replay video. (approximately at 1:20:00 is when this presentation starts)

 

July 1, 2021 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
July 1, 2021 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Deeper Civic Learning: Democratic Knowledge & Civic Agency

Deeper Civic Learning: Democratic Knowledge & Civic Agency

For Educators

Professional Development Training for Middle-High School

3 Professional Development Hours Available

"Civic Engagement in Our Democracy" by the Democratic Knowledge Project

Join Justin Pottle as he shares civics curriculum that is in-development called the "Civic Engagement in Our Democracy" , designed for Grade 8. This new curriculum is being developed by the Edmond Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, scholars throughout the university, and a cohort of 8th grade social studies teachers. 

Watch replay video. 

How to Plan a Civics-In-Action Speaker Series with Your Students 

"A civic agent is a citizen who is 'active, not passive' in the affairs of his or her community, state and nation."

Join Patrick McGravey to learn about what the  Civics in Action Speaker Series  is, how to plan one and customize it for your classroom.  This activity will engage your students and teach civic agency. 

Watch replay video. (approximately at 1:20:00 is when this presentation starts)

 

July 1, 2021 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
July 1, 2021 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Deeper Civic Learning: Democratic Knowledge & Civic Agency

Integrating Literacy and Civics in Elementary School K-3

For the General Public

Professional Development Training for K-3 Educators

3 Professional Development Hours Available

A two part series focused on integrating civics into what you're already teaching.

June 30th from 9:30 - 11:30 am and 1:00 - 2:00 pm via Zoom:
Head, Heart, Hands and Feet with Kim Yaris and Telling Our Stories in PIctures and Words with Beth Olshansky

Once registered, receive free access to Mike Anderson's Democracy in Action in Elementary School self-paced course.  

June 30, 2021 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am
June 30, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Integrating Literacy and Civics in Elementary School K-3

Integrating Literacy and Civics in Elementary School K-3

For the General Public

Professional Development Training for K-3 Educators

3 Professional Development Hours Available

A two part series focused on integrating civics into what you're already teaching.

June 30th from 9:30 - 11:30 am and 1:00 - 2:00 pm via Zoom:
Head, Heart, Hands and Feet with Kim Yaris and Telling Our Stories in PIctures and Words with Beth Olshansky

Once registered, receive free access to Mike Anderson's Democracy in Action in Elementary School self-paced course.  

June 30, 2021 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am
June 30, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Integrating Literacy and Civics in Elementary School K-3

William W. Treat Lecture Series 1: Civic Health - Renewing Trust Among Neighbors

For the General Public

with EveryDay Democracy’s Martha McCoy and authors of the NH Civic Health Index, Bruce Mallory and Quixada Moore-Vissing

Do you feel you matter in your community? Do you know and help your neighbors, and do they know and help you? What is the status of the strength of the fabric of communities in our state? Nationally? This interactive conversation will explore these questions and more, in the context of the recently published NH Civic Health Index and the national perspective on civic health from Martha McCoy. 

Watch replay video. 

June 23, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
William W. Treat Lecture Series 1: Civic Health - Renewing Trust Among Neighbors

Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 26th Amendment

For the General Public

How did 18 year olds get the vote? The hidden story...

The 26th Amendment was passed by Congress on March 23, 1971, and ratified July 1, 1971. New Hampshire ratified the 26th Amendment on May 13th, 1971. The 26th amendment granted the right to vote to American citizens aged eighteen or older.

NH House Representative Mel Myler was directly involved with this process and here is what he has to say: "There is a little-known story of the grassroots effort to pass this amendment.  In 1967, I was fortunate to be at the heart of initiating the creation of the Youth Franchise Coalition which became the sponsoring organization/movement to establish enabling 12 million new voters to enable them to participate as voters in the election process."

  • How did they organize?
  • How did they find common ground?
  • What was learned and what are the takeaways for today?

 

Event format:

  • Live panel discussion with Rep. Mel Myler, Rep. Renny Cushing, Leslie (Les) C. Francis, Ian McGowan, Patricia Keefer, Rep. Safia Wazir, Rep. Joseph Depalma, Rep. Joe Sweeney and Rep. Josh Query
  • Governor's proclamation of the recently adopted  NH HB 273
  • Celebratory song from Katherine Thorner through the Manchester Community Music School
  • Responses and feedback from young leadership in NH 
  • Live Question & Answer session

 

Video replay

 

Panelist's Bios:

Rep. Mel Myler

Representative Mel Myler is serving in his fifth term in the NH House of Representatives.  He is the ranking Democrat on the House Education Committee and past chair of that committee.  He is the retired Executive Director of the NEA New Hampshire and Director of Field Operations for the National Education Association.  In 1967, Mel was the initial organizer of NEA’s Project 18 which founded the Youth Franchise Coalition and ultimately coordinated the grassroots effort to achieve the 26 th  Amendment to the US Constitution.

 

Rep. Renny Cushing

Representative Cushing is serving his 8th term in the NH House representing Hampton and Winnacunnet HS (Hampton, NH). His local government involvement includes Winnacunnet School District (Moderator, 1994) and NH Constitutional Convention (delegate, vice-chair, 1984)
 
 

Leslie (Les) C. Francis

Les Francis is a communications specialist and public affairs strategist with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. He is a highly regarded policy and opinion leader in national political circles.  

Mr. Francis has worked at the highest level of politics and government at the national level. He was chief of staff to then Representative Norman Y. Mineta (D-CA), and Deputy Assistant and Deputy White House Chief of Staff to President Jimmy Carter. He has managed or advised campaigns for office at every level of government, from City Hall to the White House. And, at different points in his career, served as Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.   

Born and raised in San Jose, CA, Francis was educated in public schools there, and received a BA degree and high school teaching credential from San Jose State University. In 2006, the College of Social Sciences at SJSU recognized him with the first ever Outstanding Graduate award.   For nearly twenty years, Mr. Francis was a faculty member of political communications at George Washington University, where he taught courses in campaign communications and political campaign ethics.  

A major focus of Mr. Francis ’  career and life has been spent in education. He began his career, at the age of 24, as the youngest person ever employed in a professional staff position of the California Teachers Association. Later, working for the National Education Association in Washington, DC, he was one of the original organizers of the campaign that resulted in passage and ratification of the 26 th  Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which extended the franchise to 18-21 year  olds .   

 

Patricia Keefer

Patricia Keefer, Director, International Affairs Department, American Federation of Teachers; heads the AFT’s advocacy human rights and labor rights worldwide.  She has played a leadership role in political and constitutional reforms in women’s rights, voting rights, and youth political participation in the U.S. and globally as well as democratic development projects in every region of the world.  She served as the on-the ground manager of election and democratic governance programs in many countries; including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Northern Ireland, Czechoslovakia, Chile, Bolivia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.  She is acknowledged for her role as co-chair of the national campaign to amend the U.S. constitution with the ratification of the 26th amendment and is collaborating on a book and virtual historic archive. She attended the University of Cincinnati and holds two appointments at the Institute of Politics, Kennedy School Government, Harvard University, as a fellow in political organizing and participation.

 

Rep. Safiya Wazir

Rep. Safiya Wazir lives in Concord with her husband and three children. After graduating from high school in Concord, NH, she attended college and received a degree in business administration from NHTI. She became a community activist,working with a number of organizations. She has served on the policy council of Head Start. She serves on the board and as treasurer of the Community Action Program of Belknap and Merrimack Counties, and she is on the board of the Merrimack Valley Day Care. She is proud to call Concord her home.  

 

Rep. Joseph Depalma, IV

Joe DePalma, IV, is a 19 year old rising senior at Plymouth State University, studying Business Administration & Professional Sales. Joe is from Littleton and works for his family's storage container rental business. Joe is an avid trail runner and in his free-time enjoys fly-fishing across the North Country.

 

Rep. Josh Query

Representative Query is a 2nd term NH State Representative serving Manchester Ward 9 and also serves as the Vice Chair of the NH Stonewall Democrats. Joshua is a graduate of the New Hampshire Institute of Art (Manchester, NH; 2016). 

 

Rep. Joe Sweeney

Representative Sweeney was elected to the NH House of Representatives in 2012. He is a Republican from Salem, representing Rockingham District 08. He is also currently currently Executive Director of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee.

 

Video replay

 

May 13, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 26th Amendment

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 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.

Winning poster submitted by Hannah Ahern of Pollard Elementary School in Plaistow, NH:

You don't have to do this alone poster contest winner

 

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

The NH Young Leaders Roundtable Discussion: What Inspires You? 
part of our public discourse series

Video replay

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. 

Please join us for a nonpartisan public discussion featuring these five civically engaged young leaders focused on the following questions: 

  • What or who influenced you to take action & assume leadership in your community or state? What were some of your formative experiences (positive and negative) with civic learning?

  • Who were your mentors and influencers?

  • What changes do you think are needed in our educational systems and our society “in order to form a more perfect union?”

  • How can we learn to work together across differences to solve urgent problems?

  • How is your generation different from those that came before it?

  • What gives you hope? What concerns do you have?

 

Participants:


Anna Brown, Moderator

Anna Brown

Anna Brown is Director of Research and Analysis for Citizens Count, a nonprofit dedicated to providing unbiased information about New Hampshire policy issues and candidates.  She has been with the organization since 2011.  Anna is a regular contributor to NHPR, Good Morning NH, and other media outlets. She received her master’s degree in justice studies from the University of New Hampshire.

 

Jonathan Weinberg

Jonathan Weinberg

Jonathan recently attended Whitman College, where he studied philosophy. He is also a 2018 Concord High School graduate. In high school, he led students in a walkout in solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneham Douglas, testified to the state legislature, and continued to help his peers become more civically engaged. He went on to organize statewide rallies attracting over 4,000 participants. Currently, Jonathan is an elected member of the Concord School Board.

 

Ronelle Tshiela

Ronelle Tshiela

Ronelle is co-founder of Black Lives Matter Manchester and a senior studying Political Science at the University of New Hampshire. An activist since high school, Ronelle served as a public member of the Governor’s state-level Commission on Law Enforcement, Accountability, Community, and Transparency. She was recently awarded “Young Progressive of the Year” by the New Hampshire Young Democrats. 

 

Representative Cassandra Levesque

Rep. Cassie Levesque

Cassie Levesque is a State Representative in New Hampshire and a member of the House Committee on Children and Family Law.

As a member of a family who are survivors of child marriage, Cassie has become an advocate to end child marriage in New Hampshire. Cassie’s passion for advocacy began as she was a Girl Scout attending a leadership conference in Rhode Island where she first learned of the devastating effects of human trafficking and child marriage.

 

Jack Hansen

Jack Hansen

Jack Hansen is a first year political science major at American University in Washington D.C. During high school, he participated in Model United Nations, We The People, and was accepted to attend the American Legion Boy’s State program, all of which established an interest in government and politics both in New Hampshire and in Washington. Jack has done volunteer work for multiple campaigns across levels of government and  during the 2020 campaign cycle, was hired to serve as campaign coordinator for Jason Syversen, a candidate for NH Senate District 16. 

NH HumanitiesThis project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org.

 

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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