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2017 Civic Calendar
This year's calendar explores turning points in American history with fifteen landmark Supreme Court cases. It also celebrates your favorite civic holidays and historical milestones by highlighting events, activities, lesson plans, and resources available at the museum or for use in your classroom.
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UT Hemispheres Exhibit Public Opening
Ernesto Cardenal in Word and Action:
Poetry, Politics, and Priesthood in 20th-Century Nicaragua
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4 – 6PM
Benson Latin American Collection, UT Austin campus
Sid Richardson Hall, 1 University Station, Austin, TX 78712
The archive of Nicaraguan poet, priest, and political activist Ernesto Cardenal will open in November at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at The University of Texas at Austin. Join us to celebrate the opening of the Ernesto Cardenal Papers at a poetry reading by Cardenal and a roundtable moderated by LLILAS Benson director Virginia Garrard-Burnett, historian, with participation by:
Sergio Ramírez, novelist and former Nicaraguan vice president
Luis Cárcamo-Huechante, UT Austin
Douglass Sullivan-González, University of Mississippi
Eric Selbin, Southwestern University
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. Read about Cardenal and his historic archive at: http://bit.ly/2drrH00.
iCivics resources: Executive Command
"Whether your students are excited or disheartened by the outcome of last week’s election, they should know that our democratic system of government is resilient and capable of handling even the most difficult transitions. Our Constitution ensures separation of powers, checks and balances, and the rule of law. The popular and newly upgraded game, Executive Command, along with the dynamic teaching resources that accompany it, will help make that clear for our young people.
In his victory speech, Donald Trump pledged, “to be president for all Americans,” and in her concession speech, Hillary Clinton reminded us, “Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power.”
As American transitions to a new administration, iCivics is here to help you transition your teaching focus from the election to our institutions."
--Emma HumphriesChief Education Officer, iCivics
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