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CTLI Civic Conversations Series

CTLI Conversation Series, April 8,2024

Partnering with the Center for the Study of Ethics and the UVU Provost's office, CCS hosted its first Civic Conversation Series April 8, 2024, , where Jennifer Ruth and Keith Whittington discussed the role of universities in the public square. 

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First Amendment Conference 2024

First Amendment Conference, March 20, 2024

This years First Amendment Conference, "Some Assembly Required," held March 20, 2024, focused in the freedoms of assembly and association specified or implied in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights.

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Joshua Dunn Lecture and Lyceum

Joshua Dunn Lyceum, March 25, 2024

The American Heritage Speaker Series welcomed Dr. Joshua Dunn, executive director of the Institute of American Civics in the Baker School of Public Policy at the University of Tennessee for a lecture and lyceum March 25, 2024.

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Learners with Littles

Learners with Littles, March 5, 2024

CCS held a Learners with Littles event March 5, 2024. Parents and children came to talk about the making of our U.S. Constitution.

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CCS Hosts Book Club to Discuss The Myth of Left and Right

CCS Book Club, Feb. 22, 2024

The Center for Constitutional Studies hosted a book club Feb. 22, 2024, to discuss The Myth of Left and Right: How the Political Spectrum Misleads and Harms America. Co-author Dr. Verlan Lewis was on hand to offer his perspective. 

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Former UK Prime Minister Liz Truss and Utah Senator Mike Lee on UVU Campus

PM Liz Truss and Sen. Mike Lee at UVU

The Gary R. Herbert Institute for Public Policy and the Center for Constitutional Studies at UVU hosted former UK Prime Minister Liz Truss and Utah Senator Mike Lee Feb. 20, 2024, for a discussion of current issues. 

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CCS Lyceum with Matthew Brogdon

CCS Lyceum with Matthew Brogdon

Matthew Brogdon, senior director of UVU's Center for Constitutional Studies, led a lyceum discussion Feb. 16, 2024, with students and staff on Abraham Lincoln, one of the most important interpreters of the Constitution in our history.

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UVU and CCS on Utah's Capitol Hill

UVU Day on the Hill 2024

Student researchers and staff from the Center for Constitutional Studies took part in UVU's Day on the Hill at the Utah State Capitol Feb. 12, 2024, where CCS was highlights in both chambers of the legislature.

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Learners with Littles – American Heritage Discussion Series

Learners with Littles Discussion Group

CCS held its first Learners with Littles for parents and children Feb. 6, 2024. The event brought parents to UVU campus with their little ones to talk about the American Revolution and to do craft activities related to the birth of our republic.

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We the People High-School Competition

We the People High-School Competition

We the People and Utah Law-Related Education, with support from CCS, hosted the 2024 Citizen and the Constitution high-school competition Feb. 2, 2024. Skyview and Green Canyon High Schools took top honors.

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We the People Teacher Training

We the People Teacher Training

The Center for Constitutional Studies hosted teacher training Jan. 18, 2024, provided by We the People and Utah Law-Related Education to better prepare K-12 teachers with resources to teach civics to students.

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CCS Book Club: Akhil Reed Amar'sThe Words That Made Us

CCS Book Club - November 2023

The Center for Constitutional Studies hosted its first-ever book club Nov. 30, 2023  The Words That Made Us by Akhil Reed Amar was the topic of discussion and the influence of state constitutions on the federal constitution.

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CCS Lyceum with Kal Munis

CCS Lyceum with Kal Munis - Nov. 14, 2023

Kal Munis, political science professor at UVU, spoke at CCS’s lyceum for students and staff Nov. 14. He addressed the topic of rural attitudes toward public-land management in the United States and particularly in the western states.

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Federalism and civic-education workshop

Federalism and civic-education conference - Nov. 23

Drs. Andy Bibby and Robert Burton, of the Center for Constitutional Studies at UVU hosted the Schools of Democracy: American Federalism and Civic-Education workshop Nov. 3, 2023.

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Political philosopher Harvey Mansfield speaks at UVU

Harvey Mansfield at UVU - Oct. 25, 2023

Political philosopher Harvey Mansfield lectured at Utah Valley University Oct. 25 on the American Presidency. "A course on the American presidency is a course on human life," he said.

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America's Government Teacher Sharon McMahon keynotes fall conference

Sharon McMahon at UVU

Sharon McMahon, known as “America’s government teacher,” attended the fall civics-educator conference Oct. 10 and gave the keynote address before a crowd of nearly 6,000 at the UCCU Center. 

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Fall civics-educator conference held at UVU

Fall Civics-Educator Conference

Parents and teachers gathered Oct. 10, 2023, at UVU at the fall civics-educator conference to discuss collaboration in and resources for learning and teaching civics to the rising generation in the home.

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Constitutional scholar Akhil Amar visits UVU

Akhil Amar at UVU campus - Sept. 2023

On April 14, 2023, CCS hosted a Constitutional Literacy Institute orientation dinner for elementary and K–12 teachers in Utah and other states in preparation for the CLI summer course to be held June 26–30 on UVU campus.

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CCS senior director on Talk with Tuminez

Matthew Brogdon on Talk with Tuminez - Sept. 2023

UVU President Astrid Tuminez interviewed Dr. Matthew Brogdon, senior director of CCS, and other guests on her Talk with Tuminez program  Sept. 20, 2023.

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CSS hosts annual Constitution Day conference

Constitution Day conference - Sept. 2023

CCS held its annual Constitution Day conference Sept. 14–15: “Framing the Frontier: The Making of Western-State Constitutions.” Dicussion centered around elections, suffrage, and religion in wester-state constitutions.

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Professor Steven Pittz gives lecture to UVU students

Dr. Steven Pittz lectures at UVU Aug. 30, 2023

Dr. Steven Pittz, of the University of Colorado–Colorado Springs, lectured at UVU and led a discussion in CCS's quarterly lyceum Aug. 30, 2023, on free spirits in a democratic age and the importance of thinking independently.

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Representative John Curtis speaks at UVU

John Curtis speaks at UVU Aug. 22, 2023

In partnership with the Sutherland Institute, CCS hosted Representative John Curtis (R–Utah) from the Fourth Congressional District Aug. 22, 2023.

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We-the-People teacher training

We the People Training - August 2023

K–12 teachers met on UVU campus Aug. 3, 2023, to receive training from representatives of We the People and members of the Civic Thought & Leadership team of the Center for Constitutional Studies.

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CCS hosts study-abroad course at Oxford

Oxford Study Abroad

UVU students attended two study-abroad courses at Oxford University in July–August 2023. Two separate courses focus on Foundations of American Constitutionalism and Civic Thought and Leadership, respectively.

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Summer Constitutional Literacy Institute 2023

CLI 2023

CCS held its annual Constitutional Literacy Institute June 26–30, 2023, on UVU campus. K–12 teachers received training in constitutional principles and resources that can have an immediate impact in the classroom.

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MyImpact Challenge

MyImpact Challenge 2023

CCS hosted and co-sponsored the Utah 2023 MyImpact Challenge June 14, 2023. Middle- and high-schoolers came to share projects they had developed in response to community needs and the actions they took to meet those needs.

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CCS in Africa

CCS in Africa

CCS associate director Andy Bibby and senior researcher Sam Hill went to the Republic of Uganda in May 2023 to teach and discuss the concept of federalism with current and former government leaders

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Constitutional Literacy Institute orientation dinner

CLI Orientation Dinner - April 14, 2023

On April 14, 2023, CCS hosted a Constitutional Literacy Institute orientation dinner for elementary and K–12 teachers in Utah and other states in preparation for the CLI summer course to be held June 26–30 on UVU campus.

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Monthly lyceum

Lyceum

The Center for Constitutional Studies hosts a monthly lyceum for UVU student–employees of the Center and others to allow scholars and constitutional experts to present on or lead a discussion of a current topic that has constitutional implications for society.

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Archives trip to Southeast and Midwest

Archive

UVU students who work as Wood Research Assistants in CCS traveled to Florida, Georgia, Illinois, and Wisconsin in March 2023. As part of the 50 in 10 project, they located and digitized documents from those respective state constitutional conventions.

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Dmitry Muratov visits UVU

Dmitry Muratov Visits UVU

Utah Valley University's Center for Constitutional Studies hosted Russian journalist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dmitry Muratov Feb. 24, 2023, in a question-answer forum with UVU President Astrid S. Tuminez.

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First Amendment Conference

First Amendment Conference - Feb. 23, 2023

CCS held its annual First Amendment Conference Feb. 23, 2023. Entitled “Tied in a Single Garment of Destiny": The Founders, Natural Rights, and Religious Liberty Today,” the conference was keynoted by Dr. Jacqueline Rivers, of the Seymour Institute.

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We the People

We the People

Students from several junior-high and middle schools in Utah and Salt Lake Counties took part in the annual 'We the People' debate competition Feb. 10, 2023, hosted by the Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University.

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UVU Day on the Hill 2023

UVU Day on the Hill 2023

The CCS team took part in UVU’s Day on the Hill Feb. 8, 2023. Faculty, staff, and students observed sessions, met members of the Utah Legislature’s house and Senate, and staffed an information booth. CCS was also formally recognized in the House and Senate chambers.

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Mobile training for teachers

Mobile Training

The CTLI team provided mobile training for K–12 teachers in Springville (November 2022), Manti (December 2022), and Blanding (January 2022), following the mandate from HB 327 (2021) to “facilitate nonpartisan political discussion and provide civic education and research.”

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Fall Conference 2022

Fall Conference 2022

Nearly 100 K–12 teachers from throughout Utah met for the CCS-sponsored Fall 2022 Civics Educator Conference Oct. 27, 2022, entitled Bridging and Bonding: The Role of Teachers in Cultivating Citizenship.

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Arthur Brooks

Arthur Brooks

Arthur Brooks, social scientist and author, gave the keynote address at the CCS Civics Educator Conference Oct. 27, 2022. “We have a contempt epidemic in this country. We can fix it if we get our communication right. Go looking for contempt. Run toward it and express love.“

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Africa conference

Africa Conference

Dr. Andrew Bibby, center, associate director of CCS and director of the Federalism Index Project, presented at the African Student Refugee Leadership Conference Oct. 6–8, 2022. Joseph Ssemwogerere, left, former prime minister of Buganda, spoke on Uganda’s challenges.

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Constitution Day 2022

Constitution Day 2022

Scholars gathered at UVU for the annual CCS Constitution Day Conference Sept. 20, 2022. Presenters discussed the 13th (abolition of slavery), 14th (equal protection and due process), and 15th (right to vote) Amendments to the U.S Constitution.

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Orem, UT 84058

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