Democracy and the Informed Citizen: Connecticut’s Sites of Conscience

Climate change. Gun control. Immigration and citizenship. Criminal justice reform. Healthcare. National security. Social and economic inequality. These issues have polarized and paralyzed our communities and our legislative bodies.

CT Humanities proposes a series of public discussions with Pulitzer, Murrow, and Emmy award-winning journalists to explore the media’s role in shaping people’s views about these issues both historically and today. This includes how these issues are now refracted by social media and technology, and the magnitude of power that outside influencers such as PACs, corporations, and foreign governments have on our democratic processes.

Connecticut Humanities Thanks

The work and upcoming programs are generously funded by the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen, Part 2” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

About the Initiative

  • “Democracy and the Informed Citizen, Part 2” supports closer connections and partnerships between the humanities and journalism in fostering an informed citizenry and a democratic society.
  • Through various programs developed with our partners, CT Humanities will connect our communities to the specific places, or “sites of conscience,” in Connecticut that highlight the legacy, relevance, and persistence of issues that have influenced our state and our nation and which continue to drive public discourse.
  • This project is being coordinated in collaboration with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a global network of historic sites, museums, and memory initiatives that connect past struggles to today’s movements for human rights – turning memory into action.

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