Civics @ Seymour

Past events and supplemental materials

Democracy 101, Monday, May 14 at 6 pm

What exactly is “democracy,” and do we as Americans live in one? Explore the Constitution and how democracy is practiced in the United States with local historian Tom Henry on Monday, May 14 at 6 pm.

Slides: PowerPoint or PDF

The Electoral College 101, Tuesday, May 29 at 6 pm

Every four years, Americans participate in a seemingly strange electoral process to pick the Chief Executive of the country, the President. The method of selection, the Electoral College, has been both praised and vilified. Learn about the origins of the Electoral College, how it works, its history, and why it is unlikely to change this session with local historian Tom Henry on Tuesday, May 29 at 6 pm.

Slides: PowerPoint or PDF

The Supreme Court 101, Monday, June 11 at 6 pm

In the modern era, the Supreme Court has risen dramatically in both stature and visibility in our federal government. In this session, look at a brief history of the Court, how the Court actually works, and explore some recent and past cases with local historian Tom Henry on Monday, June 11 at 6 pm.

First Amendment and Freedom of Press in the Modern Age, Monday, September 17 at 6 pm

Learn the impact of the First Amendment and freedom of press on your everyday life with Newhouse professor and director of the Tully Center of Free Speech, Roy Gutterman. Gutterman will highlight the importance of these protections, not just for the press, but also for citizens, on Monday, September 17 at 6 pm.

Supplemental videos: Episode 1: Times v. Sullivan and Episode 2: Branzburg v. Hayes

Refugees, Asylum, and Migration, Tuesday, September 26 at 6 pm

The US has a long history of accepting refugees as well as a history of refusing entry to some people. Take a look at the history of modern refugees in the US and the issues and laws associated with a variety of groups as they        attempted and continue to attempt to escape from situations around the world and re-settle in the US, with  local historian Tom Henry on Tuesday, September 25 at 6 pm.

First Amendment & Freedom of Press, Tuesday, October 9 at 6 pm

Since colonial times, Americans have struggled to define the limits of a free press and its counterpoint, censorship. How free should a free press be? Is it ever right for information to be withheld from the public? Is there some acceptable middle ground? Take a look at the history of free press and the issues, past and present, that have shaped this intense and interesting First Amendment debate with local historian Tom Henry on                                  Tuesday, October 9 at 6 pm.

Civil Disobedience, Tuesday, October 23 at 6 pm

Traditionally, civil disobedience is the refusal to follow a specific law or ruling in a peaceful way to point out its injustice. But has the “civil” disappeared, leaving us with just the disobedience? Explore the history of civil disobedience in our country and view the current state of protests to see where, or if, they fit in to what many view as an American tradition, with local historian Tom Henry on Tuesday, October 23 at 6 pm.