Director's Report

Director’s Report December 2014

Dear friends: 

As I write this, we’re just a week away from the swearing-in of a new Congress, the 114th. When I served in Washington, there was a certain innocence that marked the first day of a new Congress: Members and their families would fill the floor. You could read both awe and giddiness on the faces of those who were there for the first time. Even among those who'd been around a while...

Director’s Report November 2014

Dear Friends:

Another general election has come and gone, and the fact that voter turnout nationwide on Nov. 4 was the lowest since 1942 reminds us that we must redouble our efforts to promote informed and active citizenship. We must work to recapture the American spirit of optimism that we can improve our own and others’ lives and deliver on our responsibility to future generations. ...

Director’s Report September 2014

Dear friends:

The highlights you’ll see below of the Center’s summer activities make it clear that we’re always at work teaching the importance of the legislative branch in our representative democracy and the critical need for informed and engaged citizenship. But around this time every year, the pace does quicken, with tens of thousands of undergraduates returning to the IU-Bloomington campus...

Director’s Report June 2014

Dear friends:

The highlights you’ll see below of the Center’s summer activities make it clear that we’re always at work teaching the importance of the legislative branch in our representative democracy and the critical need for informed and engaged citizenship. But around this time every year, the pace does quicken, with tens of thousands of undergraduates returning to the IU-Bloomington campus for fall...

Director’s Report April 2014

Dear friends: 

One of the things I most enjoy about working on the campus of a large university is having the opportunity to reach out to young adults with the message that public service is a worthwhile calling, one that can be very fulfilling and even exciting. Earlier this week in Bloomington, it was my pleasure to host a visit to the IU campus by key White House aide Ben Rhodes, who is...

Director’s Report March 2014

Dear friends: 

Below are highlights of our recent work at the Center on Congress. One of the items is on our survey research. Again this year, the findings are not good news for Congress. The institution is widely viewed as polarized, weighed down to the point of paralysis by warring interest groups and the competing wishes of campaign donors. Many Americans have given up on Congress. They...

Director’s Report December 2013

Dear friends: 

When the calendar turns to 2014, the Center on Congress marks its 15th anniversary.  Since I partnered with Indiana University to establish the Center in 1999, we have developed a very wide range of resources — web sites, apps, all manner of print materials, videos, newspaper commentaries, and much more — aimed at boosting citizen engagement by explaining how our...

Director’s Report November 2013

Dear friends: 

The success of our representative government depends on the willingness of ordinary citizens to devote time, attention and effort to the public interest. At the Center on Congress, we work to help every American do that, by teaching the knowledge, skills and disposition needed to discern the common good and act to advance it. Below are highlights of the Center’s recent efforts to...

Director’s Report October 2013

Dear friends: 

The Center on Congress continues its efforts to teach Americans about Congress’ vital role in our democracy, and to spur young people and adults to understand their obligations as citizens. Below are highlights provided by Center staff of how we are working with a variety of groups and using an array of tools to improve civic education and encourage citizen participation.

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