The Civic Education and Participation series, which includes public discussions, film screenings, and talks, was developed through the cooperative efforts of the Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, Shepherd University’s Lifelong Learning program, the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County, the Jefferson County Branch of the NAACP, the Republican Party of Jefferson County, Democrats of Jefferson County, the Libertarian Party of West Virginia, and the Mountain Party (the WV affiliate of the U.S. Green Party).

“Interest in basic civic education is on the rise after the last presidential election,” said Ray Smock, current director of the Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education and former Historian at the U.S. House of Representatives, “and I find this a positive and healthy trend. We developed these events to help inform and improve civic education and to provide a place where we can discuss specific issues in a friendly, informative, and non-partisan atmosphere.”

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