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Dr. Kevin Vance addresses the crowd at the 2023 education outreach program.

Teaching Civics in Catholic Education

The Center for Constitutional Liberty is partnering with the Bill of Rights Institute and the Herzog Foundation this summer to reach over 100 civics educators around the nation.

“We aim to shed light on the place of civics in Catholic and liberal education,” says Dr. Kevin Vance, Director of the Center for Constitutional Liberty at Benedictine College. This summer marks the third year that the Center has committed itself to hosting educational outreach programs for teachers and school administrators across the United States.

From July 30 – 31, the Center will host “Exploring U.S. History: Interactive Lessons for Young Citizens,” a two-day seminar for K-8 educators at Benedictine College, sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute. Educators will examine how to form connections between their curriculum and civics and government in a way that is relevant to their students, and time will be spent working with BRI staff to create a lesson plan to help participants start the school year with conversations about our country, both past and present, and why this matters to students.

Robert George

Robert George

The Herzog Foundation will be sponsoring the “National Summit on Civics in Catholic Education” at Benedictine College from August 1 – 2 for K-12 educators at Christian schools. Special guest Robert P. George, famed American legal scholar, political philosopher, and public intellectual, will be featured as the opening lecturer. At this Symposium, teachers will explore the history of civic-based Catholic education in America and generate ideas around civic engagement for their students today.

The Center for Constitutional Liberty’s mission is to renew and advance understanding of the founding principles of the United States of America so that our nation’s unique experiment in self-government will inspire, inform and direct new generations of Americans.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.


Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.