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The Center For The Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) at Bennington College is proud to offer this new series of online classes for learners at every stage—from high school seniors to retired professionals—who want to engage with the most pressing issues of our time.

The purpose of these courses is to empower students with the tools to build community and take meaningful action at the local, national, and international level.

Susan Sgorbati is Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action and we welcome her to the RT this morning along with our Judith Enck – who teaches a CAPA class on Beyond Plastics. Judith is Former EPA Regional Administrator, Visiting Professor at Bennington College, and President of Beyond Plastics.

JoAnne Myers is Associate Professor of Political Science and Former Chair of the Political Science department at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

As an applied political philosopher her research interrogates the relationship between citizen and non-citizen in the modern liberal state focusing on human rights. Her new book is "The Good Citizen: The Markers of Privilege in America."

We live in a global era, in which what happens thousands of miles away has the ability to affect our lives. This time, it is Covid-19, which originated in a Chinese city many had never heard of but has spread to the corners of the earth. Next time it could be another infectious disease from somewhere else.

This is the new normal of the 21st century. We are connected to this world in all sorts of ways. So, we need to better understand it, both its promise and its threats, in order to make informed choices, be it as students, citizens, voters, parents, employees, or investors. The new book, "The World: A Brief Introduction," is designed to provide readers with the essential background and building blocks they need to make sense of this complicated and interconnected world.

Dr. Richard Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as the senior Middle East adviser to President George H. W. Bush, as director of the Policy Planning Staff under Secretary of State Colin Powell, and as the U.S. envoy to both the Cyprus and Northern Ireland peace talks.

Gerard Stropnicky
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In our time, when 280-character insults and snarky memes pass for conversation, is Civic Empathy possible?

Writer, director, activist and instigator, USA Fellow Gerard Stropnicky offers a Field Report on community story applied to community healing and progress as part of Vassar College’s “Engaged Pluralism Initiative Semester of Storytelling.”

On March 27 at 6 p.m. Stropnicky will host the workshop, “Civic Empathy: A Field Report” in the Villard Room on the Vassar campus.

Director and actor Gerard Stropnicky is one of the founding members of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, one of the oldest resident ensemble theaters in the U.S.

A first-ever “Civics Fest” is scheduled in Springfield, Massachusetts this week.

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An advisory committee in Connecticut has released its second report on civic and public participation in the state showing how publicly involved people are. The information is a mixed bag ahead of a major election year.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty
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Supporters say Hillary Clinton has turned a corner in the presidential race.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty continues her conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Arizona passed a law this month that made it the first state in the nation to mandate high school students pass a test in civics. we've been hearing about the decline of civics education for years...and one issue keeps arising: is it possible to keep politics out of civics?

For that matter, is keeping politics out of the classroom a good idea at all?