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Patriotic Choices

Exploring Political Courage and Civil Discourse for the Common Good

In a nation torn by political, socio-cultural, and economic divisions–amid a media environment that exploits them for ratings–the Center for Idaho History and Politics is presenting learning opportunities to analyze this phenomenon and explore ways to solve real problems together. “Patriotic Choices” denotes a semester-long series of events that examine political courage and civil discourse to enhance the common good.

Students may earn prizes for attending events. Students must self-enroll in (i.e. join) the Patriotic Choices OrgSync portal here: prior to first attending to receive credit. Then, peruse the events listed and start RSVPing on that OrgSync site. We’ll get you onto our list; be sure to check in at the event sites prior to their start in order to have your attendance recorded.

Click the “Prizes” link on the left to see a chart that outlines which prizes may be earned for different levels of attendance.

Below are short descriptions of each event category, as well as an annotated list of single events that comprise the Patriotic Choices program. This list will be updated as more are added. You may also view these in Google Calendar format by clicking the Google Calendar “Patriotic Choices.”

Film Series:

Join your friends for a series of five films in the SPEC that highlight courageous people making tough, politically unpopular decisions, for the betterment of the common good. Each film will include a short introduction and follow-up comment by a scholar-expert, as well as a moderated discussion with the audience after the film. These take place in the SPEC on the following Wednesday evenings: Sept. 7 for Lincoln; Sept. 21 for Chisholm ’72, Nov. 2 for All the Way (with LBJ), Feb. 8 for Malcolm X, and March 15 for a women’s history film TBA.

Brown Bag Speakers’ Series:

These noon-time talks occur once a month on Fridays, and feature a variety of noted scholars presenting research related to politics, policy, and issues relevant to today’s socio-political environment. Bring your lunch!

Debate Watch Events:

Come watch presidential and vice-presidential debates in the SUB.

Upcoming Patriotic Choices Events