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The Fourth Democratic Debate – Tuesday 10/15

The fourth Democratic primary debate is Tuesday 10/15. The debate will begin at 8pm Eastern Time (7pm Central Time). It will be aired live on CNN. The debate will consist of 12 candidates – the most candidates for a single presidential debate in US history. This fact earned this Tuesday’s debate the epithet of “The Biggest Debate Ever.” Tune in to the debate to learn more about the Democratic presidential candidates.


The Third Democratic Debate – Thursday 09/12

The third Democratic primary debate is Thursday 09/12. The debate will begin at 8pm and end at 11pm Eastern Time (7pm to 10pm Central Time). You can watch the debates live on ABC and Univision. Tune in to the debates to learn more about the Democratic presidential candidates.

ADP Recommended TED Talk of the Month

“Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs — or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two mindsets and how they shape the way we interpret information, interweaved with a compelling history lesson from 19th-century France. When your steadfast opinions are tested, Galef asks: “What do you most yearn for? Do you yearn to defend your own beliefs or do you yearn to see the world as clearly as you possibly can?”

One of the most crucial parts of democracy is truthful and civil discourse. In order to come to a conclusion on any given issue, two opposing sides must make compromises. One significant part of making a compromise is admitting when you might not know all the facts. The description, taken from the TED YouTube page, mentions a story from 19th-century France which brings forth two different mindsets when dealing with conflicting ideas.

STARTING TONIGHT – The Second Democratic Debate

Tonight’s debate will start at 8pm Eastern Time (7pm Central Time). Tomorrow’s debate will start and end at the same time. You can watch the debates live on CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español, Twitter, and YouTube. Tune in to the debates to learn more about the Democratic presidential candidates.

The American Democracy Project’s Recommended TED Talk of the Month

“The more we read and watch online, the harder it becomes to tell the difference between what’s real and what’s fake. It’s as if we know more but understand less, says philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch. In this talk, he dares us to take active steps to burst our filter bubbles and participate in the common reality that actually underpins everything.”

As the description of this talk summarizes, the topic is battling lies and confusing information with “daring to know”. In times where all may not be what it seems, these principles are a crucial tool.

Oklahoma Civic Health Index 2012

“The report’s emphasis on the importance of voter education and civic skills to advancing public life across the state provides a model for others across the country working on these issues.”

-Kristen Cambell

For the full 2012 Oklahoma Civic Health Index click here or visit the Oklahoma Civic Health Index page on the National Conference of Citizenship website

Oklahoma 2012 Civic Health Index Released

Together with our partners at the University of Central Oklahoma, NCoC released the 2012 Oklahoma Civic Health Index at the Oklahoma State Capitol on December 4. Secretary of State Glenn Coffee accepted the report on behalf of the state.

The report finds that the state thrives in areas such as volunteerism and families sharing meals, but has room for growth in other areas including voting and political participation. The report focuses on the critical importance of civic skills and voter education, and the research team now plans to use an infographic on the findings as an educational tool for schools and libraries across the state.

The Oklahoma Civic Health Index is produced in partnership with the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Campus Compact, the Kerr Foundation, Inc., and the Walton Family Foundation.

Read the Press Release

National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)

About NCoC

The National Conference on Citizenship is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that believes every individual has the power to make a difference in their own communities through civic engagement. They, as well as the American Democracy Project, believe that that through research, reports, and events they can provide people with a better understanding of what it means to be a citizen.

To learn more about the NCoC click here.