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Lemann Lecture Series. Kids & Politics: Civic Engagement and Service Learning in Brazil

Event Type
Global Crossroads Living Learning Community, Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies
Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls, Saunders Lounge, 906 College Ct., Urbana
Mar 5, 2013   7:00 - 8:00 pm  
Professor Terrie Groth, Political Scientist from University of Braslia, Brazil
Brigitte Cairus
Originating Calendar
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

- ABSTRACT:  What do kids know about politics?  How do they learn?  Can kids be taught political attitudes?  Come to hear about an innovative civic education program designed and implemented solely by undergraduate Political Science majors at the University of Braslia. Poltica na Escola - Politics in the School is a multi-year venture of students reaching beyond the walls of the classroom to engage disadvantaged public school children (grades 3 to 5) in a political education program emphasizing the core experience of democracy.

- ABOUT: Prof. Groth is an Iowa native who has made his home and career in Brazil since 1987.  He completed his PhD in Political Science at the University of California (Riverside) in 1986.  He previously worked in the Iowa State Assembly after finishing a BA in International Relations and Latin American History in 1974.  Soon after graduate school, he accepted a visiting professorship in the MA Program in Political Science at the Federal University of Pernambuco in northeast Brazil.  He also taught in the Department of Social Sciences at the Federal University of So Carlos (1989-96) before joining the Department of Political Science at the University of Braslia in 1996.  Since 2006, his students have drafted him into the world of service learning and civic education, a new adventure for which he is deeply grateful.

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