Well, good morning, friends in civics. It has been awhile, and we have some post backlog built up. I apologize for the delay in posting, but I have been on the road a great deal the past few weeks, including on civics item review (which will be a post of its own this week). Prior to heading on the road, I had the great pleasure to take part in the Lou Frey Institute's Fall 2015 Symposium. The symposiums, one of the most important legacies of retired Congressman Lou Frey, Jr and a significant project of the Institute, are open to the public and every year we invite hundreds of high school students, and their teachers, to join us for a look at important issues in civic life. This year's symposium, 'The 2016 Road to the White House', featured a set of panel discussions relating to political advertising and voter manipulation, issues facing the Democratic and Republican parties in the 2016 election, and why every citizen should be engaged in civic work and action. We also had a fantastic keynote from the renowned scholar, Dr. James Thurber. This time around, the symposium featured a great deal of interaction with students, with the second and third panels almost entirely driven by audience questions. Take a look at the agenda below! (click on the agenda to enlarge)

sympoIf you were unable to attend the symposium, never fear. You can view the keynote and each session here.