William W. Treat Lecture Series to Focus on Civic Engagement


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Rudman Center Entrance

These virtual events are free, but registration is required

[Concord, NH] – The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education, in partnership with the Warren B. Rudman Center at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, will present a four-part “William W. Treat Lecture” series this fall. These virtual civic-engagement events are free, but advance registration is required.

The dates, times and descriptions of the lectures are as follows:

September 17 at 5:15 p.m. EST, in honor of Constitution Day. Meeting the Moment: Renewing Democracy Through Civic Learning, with Louise Dube, executive director of iCivics, and Ted McConnell, senior policy advisor, CivXNow Coalition, and custodian, Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. Click here to register

September 24 at 4 p.m. EST. Why is Civic Education Essential to Our National Security?with Suzanne Spaulding, senior advisor for Homeland Security, and Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, former general counsel to the CIA and NSA. Click here to register.

October 1 at 4 p.m. EST. Protect and Defend the Constitution: The Significance of the Oath of Office, with Judge Scott Stucky, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and Maggie Goodlander, Rudman Center advisory board member and adjunct professor of constitutional law at the Law School. Click here to register.   

October 29 at 4 p.m. EST. Is Civic Learning a Constitutional Right?, with Michael Rebell, LL.B., executive director of the Center for Educational Equity at Teachers College Columbia University, and Jennifer Wood, executive director, Rhode Island Center for Justice. Click here to register.

The William W. Treat Lecture Series

“These lectures are made possible through a generous grant from the William W. Treat Foundation,” explains Martha M. Madsen, executive director of the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education. Judge Treat was a leader in the Republican Party and a champion of human rights. He believed in the value of “cross-party” conversations and the respectful exchange of ideas to further understanding. His legacy is one of bridging political and other divides to improve discussions central to democratic society.

Additional Thanks 

“We are also grateful to our Constitutionally Speaking partners and funders,” says Madsen. They include: Citizens Count, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Dr. Geoffrey & Senator Martha Fuller Clark, Friends of Charles Leahy, New Hampshire Bar Foundation, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, New Hampshire Humanities, the Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, New Hampshire Supreme Court Society, Oleonda Jameson Trust, Orr & Reno, and the Saul O. Sidore Memorial Foundation.

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About the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education

The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education has been established to develop, nurture, and maintain an informed, engaged, and civil New Hampshire citizenry. Students who have access to high-quality civics education are more likely to vote and discuss politics at home, volunteer and work on community issues, speak publicly, and communicate with elected representatives. NH Civics provides educator professional development, student programming, and public lectures. High-quality civics education strengthens skills needed in all academic areas such as critical thinking, civil debate, and classroom confidence. Research has also shown that these programs contribute to the development of school climates that are safe, inclusive, and respectful and have a positive impact on high school graduation rates.

About the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Service

The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Service serves as a hub for public discourse on the policies and current events that shape our society.  The Center provides scholarships to students who have an interest in public-service law, and awards stipends to students working in government agencies and public-service organizations. Additionally, the Center brings policy leaders, public servants, and journalists to campus so that students and the greater community can weigh in on the conversation and hear directly from public leaders. The Center is named after Warren B. Rudman, a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire widely admired for his integrity and willingness to work with politicians across the aisle in order to advance the public interest.  

About the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
Accredited by the American Bar Association, UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law is located in Concord, New Hampshire, and is ranked as one of the nation’s top 100 law schools and, for the 29th year in a row, a top-10 school for the study of intellectual property law.

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