Our Civic Orientation Forum is one of the best Forums of the year–but then again, they all are…

If you want to learn more about how the Civic Forums work, and our aims for the 2018-19 school year, check out Co-Founder and Board Chair Jeffrey Silverman’s opening remarks to the Civic Fellows:

Next, we got to know each other more through a rousing game of Citizen Power Bingo, followed by Identity Work investigating who we are as individuals, and who we we aspire to be as a group.

Next up, Board Member Becky Gamzon grounded our work within the context of the Constitution, facilitating powerful activities related to Investigating ‘We The People’: Examining the US Constitution and its Very American Themes and Tensions, which she introduces here:


After Lunch with (no longer) Strangers, we returned to debrief key learnings from the Constitution activities we’d engaged in, followed by Board Member (and Director of State Policy and Agency Management for Governor Cuomo) Adam Zurofsky’s interactive presentation on “Our Federalist System: The Role of States and Localities,” examining tensions between federal, state, and local government and their priorities. 

Invigorated and, yes, more than a little exhausted, we ended what had been a very full five hour day, excited to reconvene next month to discuss Voting Rights, Gerrymandering, and Redistricting.