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CivicLex Media & Democracy Seminar

  • Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning 251 West 2nd Street Lexington, KY, 40507 United States (map)


Please join us for the First Annual CivicLex Media & Democracy Seminar at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning!

The event will feature a panel conversation with Andrea Hart (City Bureau Chicago), Tom Eblen (Lexington Herald-Leader) and Carly Muetterties (Kentucky Council for the Social Studies), followed by an interactive workshop focusing on the Knight Foundation and Aspen Institute's 2019 report Crisis in Democracy.

Free and open to the public. Pre-ticketed.

Knight Foundation & Aspen Institute's Crisis in Democracy

The Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy's groundbreaking report, “Crisis in Democracy: Renewing Trust in America,” puts forward solutions for the sharp decline in trust in democratic institutions, including the media. Issued unanimously, the Commissioners’ recommendations apply broadly to journalism, technology, and citizenship, and lay the groundwork for rebuilding trust in the 21st century.

You can download the full report here.

The Panelists:

Andrea Hart - Co-Founder, Director of Commnunity Engagement, City Bureau Chicago
Andrea Faye Hart is a Chicago-based journalist, media-based organizer and interdisciplinary educator. She is a Co-Founder and the Director of Community Engagement at City Bureau. Since 2010 she has designed collaborative journalism programs for media outlets as well as leading youth media organizations. In 2016 she served on the Hive Chicago Learning Network Advisory Committee and continues to freelance teach as well as creatively consult for other organizations. She was a 2016 Voqal Social Entrepreneur fellow, a Fall 2015 recipient of a Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant and a local news consultant for the Democracy Foundation in 2017.

Tom Eblen - Former Columnist & Managing Editor, Lexington Herald-Leader
Tom Eblewn is an independent journalist, writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. Tom was a columnist for The Lexington Herald-Leader from 2008-2019 and the managing editor from 1998-2008. He previously worked for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Associated Press. Tom was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Famein 2016.

Carly Muetterties - Executive Director, Kentucky Council for the Social Studies
Carly Muetterties is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky, completing a Ph.D. in Education Sciences, Curriculum and Instruction in Social Studies. She earned her BA in Secondary Education in Social Studies, Masters in History, and Masters in German Studies at the University of Kentucky, and her Masters in Education at Georgetown College. She taught high school social studies for several years in Lexington, KY before returning to graduate school. Her research focuses on integrating civic education within all subjects, specifically world history. She is guided by the belief that applying learning to relevant civic matters empowers students to meaningfully engage in civic life. She serves as the managing editor of and has worked on several projects with organizations including the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Boards, and the Korean War Legacy Project.

Facilitator: Richard Young - Director, CivicLex
Richard Young has been working in and around civic engagement and community development for almost a decade. He has overseen multi-million dollar organizations and countless startup endeavors, all in the non-profit realm. Starting his career with a degree in Double Bass performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Richard has a deep interest in how creative process can positively impact democracy.

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