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Presenter Rebecca  Webster

How can America address its big problems through government leadership and individual citizen participation?

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Few things have shaped our state more than the Wisconsin Idea. But what the heck is it?

Video still from Founding Narratives: The Evolution of Ancient Athenian and Early American Democracy

An introduction to early Classical and Enlightenment experiments in democracy and the way ideas from these periods ultimately shaped the American Constitution.

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Have dwindling investments in  K-12  civics and social studies led us to our current cultural/political moment?

The new book by veteran reporters Jason Stein and Patrick Marley is likely to be the definitive chronicle of the first two years of Scott Walker’s term as Governor of Wisconsin.

In the run up to the 2012 fall elections, UW–Madison professors Lewis Friedland and Michael Xenos discuss the role that social media plays in political organizing.

As the dust was settling from the Democratic and Republican National Conventions at the end of the summer, a friend of mine excitedly posted on Facebook, “I actually heard the word citizenship used!” While I can’t recall how many other people “Lik

What role do individual voters play in the current presidential election campaign?

If the 20th century was the "American Century," what will the 21st century bring? How can the United States maintain its international leadership and build a better world?

Can victims, their families, and communities—even countries—heal after unspeakable acts of violence?

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