Civics Class with Zephyr Teachout and Jennifer Schwartz Berky
“What after all, has maintained the human race on this old globe despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not faith in new possibilities, and courage to advocate them.” – Jane Addams
The Good Work Institute is honored to be hosting a four-session civics class with Zephyr Teachout and Jennifer Schwartz Berky. Taking place in Kingston, NY this June, this course explores the foundational philosophy of American democracy, unearths New York’s storied political history, and teaches all participants the fundamentals of working with, protesting against, and/or participating in local government.
To gain a foundational understanding of how local government is formed and operates, in a way explores philosophical concepts and historical context, so that participants are informed and engaged to take direct civic action.
What we will explore:
- Philosophy of American democracy
- Local historical context and case studies
- Fundamentals of how local and state government operates
- How to effectively engage for change
Weekly readings and civic engagement actions will be assigned in addition to the evening classes. Light refreshments will be provided.
Tickets are offered on a sliding scale, and no one will be turned away due to an inability to pay. Your purchase goes directly to paying the instructors and the staff of the non-profit, Good Work Institute, and most importantly, enables us to keep our programs accessible to all.