Thinking Historically through Writing: Justice and the Courts in American Democracy

Thinking Historically through Writing: Justice and the Courts in American Democracy 2017-05-18T16:43:20+00:00

Project Description

“Civics” is defined as the “…study of the theoretical and practical aspects of citizenship, its rights and duties; the duties of citizens to each other as members of a political body and to the government.”  How do we teach these theoretical and practical underpinnings to our students in a way that is intellectually honest, meaningful and, most of all, enduring? What is our duty as citizens of this country to ensure that the civic values of equality, fair play and justice endure and thrive?  

In this workshop, we will grapple with methods for teaching our students to engage directly with the enduring civic values of fair play and justice by pondering the foundational American documents that define them and define the United States. Reading, interpreting, re-interpreting and engaging playfully with primary historical documents such The Federalist Papers, the United States Constitution, and Brown v Board of Education and Roe v Wade in light of contemporary political writings and debates, we will ask: What is the nature of an “independent judiciary” and why is the Constitutional separation of Church and State so critical to sound political functioning? Using writing to learn practices we will examine  the basic institutions of American democracy and such principles as the Constitutional protection of the minority from the tyranny of the majority. Through collaborative encounters with these texts we will re-invigorate the study of civics through a judicial and Constitutional lens and devise methods and means to bring the theoretical and practical aspects of citizenship alive to our students.

Writing and Thinking Workshops
Sunday through Friday, July 9-14

Early-bird fee: $1,350
The early-bird payment deadline is June 1, 2017.

Regular fee (after June 1): $1,500

Early-bird Commuter fee*: $1,050
Regular Commuter fee* (after June 1): $1,200

Registration fees must be paid in full before or at workshop check-in on July 9.

Fees include tuition, materials, a single-occupancy room on the Bard campus, and meals beginning with Sunday dinner and ending with Saturday breakfast.

*Commuter fee includes tuition, materials, and week-day lunches only.

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Cancellation Policy: For cancellations up to a week before the workshop, IWT will refund the full workshop fee, minus the $60 non-refundable deposit required at registration.

No refunds can be given for cancellations made later than a week before the event.