Hofstra University

A National Issues Forum during your Hofstra fall course? 

            If our topics listed below are suitable for your curriculum/approaches to citizenship learning, we would be glad to assign one or more of our teams to facilitate a forum in your course.  The forum must last at least 80 minutes (and could extend to two hours, if your class has that time flexibility).  We usually prefer a group of 15 to 18 to meet with our co-moderators.  But we will accommodate larger numbers if you prefer that (better still, would be to divide a class into segments of the smaller numbers indicated above).

Here are the National Issues topics we are presenting:

1)    “America’s Role in the World: What Does National Security Mean in the 21st Century”

2)    “A Nation In Debt: How Can We Pay the Bills?”

3)    “Economic Security: How Should We Take Charge of Our Future?”

4)    “Immigration in America: How Do We Fix a System in Crisis?”

5)    “Regaining American Prosperity: Building an Economy that Works for Everyone”

6)     “Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?”

7)    “Youth and Violence: Reducing the Threat”

These Issue Guides are 12 to 18 pages in length, and are prepared by the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute (nifi.org) in a nonpartisan way.  We will provide free Issue Guides for each of your students. We ask that they read the Guide prior to the forum, and bring it with them to the discussion session.  Our “Fellows” will foster an interactive discussion.  At the end of the deliberation, each student will be asked to respond (anonymously) to a brief questionnaire.

To arrange a forum, or to discuss the program, contact:

michael.dinnocenzo@hofstra.edu  or phone at the History Dept. (x35606)


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