Citizenship Series urges political and social responsibility

Citizenship Series at Lewis University encourages political and social responsibility

Published: January 28, 2013.

Lewis University hosted “What Does It Mean to Be a Citizen?” on Jan. 22. Dr. Laurette Liesen, chair of the Political Science department, and Dr. Yann Kerevel, assistant professor of political science, spoke on the meaning of being a citizen in today’s society. Topics included society’s right to judiciously express personal views and the responsibilities of citizens to engage themselves in events at the local and international level. Liesen and Kerevel emphasized the importance of being active citizens and encouraged political and social responsibility.

The event was part of the university's first Citizenship Series, which will explore the different ways in which people can be better citizens. The series includes events that will increase awareness on political issues, American history, and the social and economic responsibilities of American citizens.

“The purpose of the series is to show people that there is a lot more to being a citizen than voting and paying taxes. We just want students to think more on what it means to a responsible citizen,” commented Casey McKenzie, president of Pi Sigma Alpha.

The series is being sponsored by the Political Science Department and the Alpha Delta Gamma Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science National Honor Society at Lewis. Events for the Citizenship Series will be held in DLS 250, located at the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

  • Future events for the series include:
  • “What Every Citizen Should Know,” at 2 p.m. on Jan. 30
  • “Good Health and Nutrition,” at 2 p.m. on Feb. 6
  • “Citizenship and Personal Finance,” at 2 p.m. Feb. 13
  • “Navigating the Media,” at 2 p.m. on Feb. 20
  • “How to Speak in Public,” at 2 p.m. on Feb. 27
  • “Psychological Myths,” at 2 p.m. on March 14
  • “The History of Citizenship,” at 2 p.m. on March 20
  • “Political Speech Contest,” at 2 p.m. on April 10

The Citizenship Series is being presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Cunningham, director of Arts & Ideas, at (815) 836-5385.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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