2015 Press Releases

National Archives Holds Forum on National Civics Poll May 13
Press Release · Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Washington, DC

Poll asked question: “How Competent a Citizen are You?”

On Wednesday, May 13, at 6 p.m., the National Archives hosts a special forum on the recent National Civics Poll titled: “How Competent a Citizen Are You?” This event is free and open to the public and will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum and on YouTube.

Reservations are recommended and can be made online. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution at 7th Street NW. The National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. For upcoming programs, visit the Calendar of Events.

From October 2014 through April 2015, Purdue University students led by former U.S. Ambassador Carolyn Curiel polled 1,100 American adults in the areas of civic knowledge, civic participation, and civic confidence. Paula Dwyer, an editor at Bloomberg View, will moderate a discussion with some of these students and present the findings. Presented in partnership with the Purdue Institute for Civic Communication.

The Purdue Institute for Civic Communication (PICC) is a nonpartisan initiative for applied and experiential learning at Purdue University, made possible by the Bill Daniels Fund of Denver and a partnership with C-SPAN. PICC founder and Executive Director Carolyn Curiel is a professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue. She is a former White House Senior Speechwriter and Special Assistant to the President of the United States, a former US Ambassador, and was a journalist for more than two decades.

The PICC offers students the opportunity to become better citizens and informed contributors to democracy. In classes and activities, students experience and explore the American system, interacting with leaders in public service, journalism, industry and advocacy, at Purdue and in Washington, DC.

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