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Civic Saturday: Des Moines

Iowa Student Learning Institute
Event organized by Iowa Student Learning Institute

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Citizen University's Civic Saturday is headed to DES MOINES!

Right now in America, we stand a country divided -- and this moment of anxiety and divisiveness calls for a new approach to maintaining a healthy, active citizenry. In a country held together not by race or religion, but by a common creed, how do we maintain any sense of national cohesion? And how do we convert our ideals into action? These are the questions that we confront and answer with Civic Saturday.

Civic Saturday is a civic analogue to church: a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. But it’s not about church religion or synagogue or mosque religion. It’s about American civic religion— the values and practices of being an active and contributing member of civic life.

What happens at Civic Saturday? Eric Liu will offer a civic sermon, we'll come together in song, we'll hear readings of civic scripture (great and provocative American texts), and we'll gather in Civic Circles to connect and reflect with each other. You'll find at Civic Saturday a belief that civic engagement can and should be joyful and communal.

Join us for Des Moines' first Civic Saturday! FREE and open to all!

9:30am - 10:30am Social Impact Fair
Grab a cup of coffee and hear local organizations share
work they are doing to engage the community on civic
10:30am - 12:15pm Civic Saturday Program
12:15pm Social hour and Book Signing with Eric Liu

Civic Saturday is a program of Citizen University. This event in partnership with:
Grand View University
Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
Iowa Council for the Social Studies
Iowa Safe Schools
Iowa State Education Association
Iowa Student Learning Institute
League of Women Voters of Metro Des Moines
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