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Welcome to the Center for Civic Literacy

It is a truism that democratic self-government requires a civically educated citizenry. The case for such education has been eloquently made by former Supreme Court Justice David Souter.

In response to overwhelming evidence of a significant public deficit in basic constitutional and civic knowledge, the Center for Civic Literacy at IUPUI intends to pursue an aggressive research agenda focused on the dimensions, causes and consequences of that deficit.

Our mission is, first, to increase public understanding of the nature of our civic deficit, and its effect upon democratic decision-making, by mounting a public information effort aimed at opinion leaders, policymakers and educators; and second, to identify and promote the use of effective tools and “best practices” to help educators and others address the problem.

Justice Souter on Civic Literacy

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