FPRI Announces New Multimedia Primers as Part of Civic Education Initiative

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The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is pleased to announce the launch of a series of FPRI Primers on selected topics related to American history and government.

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The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is pleased to announce the launch of a series of FPRI Primers on selected topics related to American history and government. The first primer discusses the role of the National Security Council and can be viewed on the FPRI website and YouTube channel. FPRI Primers are a product of FPRI’s Civic Education Initiative, housed within its Center for the Study of America and the West.

Building upon FPRI’s two decades of work with high school teachers, FPRI’s new Civic Education Initiative seeks to enrich young people’s understanding of the institutions and ideas that shape American political life. Through the development of multimedia primers on important American and Western institutions, as well as a series of historical simulations for high school students on the founding and cornerstones of American liberty, FPRI is making a timely contribution to civic education and good citizenship not only in Philadelphia but nationally.

“Our goal with the Civic Education Initiative is to find creative ways to offer student audiences important information about how the government works and how policy is made,” said Ronald J. Granieri, Executive Director of the Center.

FPRI Primers provide lay and student audiences with the background details of historical figures or events, civic institutions, and important political organizations. Because today’s youth consumes information in vastly different ways than earlier generations, FPRI Primers include three components: a brief essay written by an FPRI scholar; a five-minute animated video, in which the scholar presents the main points; and a lesson plan for teachers, which will help them to incorporate the information from the previous two items into their social studies curricula.

"Only if we succeed in teaching the principles and procedures of American government to our children, can we have any faith that our way of life will endure," said Alan Luxenberg, President of FPRI. "If we fail, it won't matter how strong our military is."

FPRI’s Civic Education Initiative is led by Eli Gilman and Ronald J. Granieri. Their work is aided by FPRI Templeton Fellow Edward A. Turzanski and Paul Dickler, Co-Director of FPRI’s Wachman Center for Civic and International Literacy.

About the Foreign Policy Research Institute

FPRI is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank located in Center City Philadelphia. Its mission is to bring the insights of scholarship to bear on the foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States. It seeks to educate the public, teach teachers, train students, and offer ideas to advance U.S. national interest based on a nonpartisan, geopolitical perspective that illuminates contemporary international affairs through the lens of history, geography and culture.

For more information about FPRI, please visit http://www.fpri.org or contact Eli Gilman at 215-732-3774 ext. 103.

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