Preserving Democracy

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January 24, 2022
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Enjoy excerpts from the documentary Preserving Democracy: Pursuing a More Perfect Union followed by a panel discussion exploring the ideals and flaws of democracy in the United States featuring Marcia Chatelain (Pulitzer Prize-winning historian), Jelani Cobb (writer, author and educator), and Alexis Coe (presidential historian and New York Times bestselling author), moderated by Margaret Hoover (host of PBS’ Firing Line with Margaret Hoover). The film excerpts and panel discussion will be open captioned.

This event is presented by The WNET Group in collaboration with Basin PBS, Georgia Public Broadcasting, WEDU PBS, WNED PBS, WQLN PBS, and WXXI.

Video Description

Preserving Democracy Highlight Reel

Excerpts from Preserving Democracy: Pursuing a More Perfect Union, the new documentary that follows the pursuit of democracy from the Revolutionary War through recurring cycles of civil rights progress and backlash, the 2021 Capitol riot and beyond. The film explores the impact of voter rights and a civics curriculum on engaged and informed citizens.

90 minutes


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    James Libengood

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    Professor at University of South Florida

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    Sara Bealor, The Poynter Institute

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    The Poynter Institute is a global leader in journalism. It is the world’s leading instructor, innovator, convener and resource for anyone who aspires to engage and inform citizens.

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    Tara Newsom, St Petersburg College


    St. Petersburg College (SPC) is a public, open access state college serving over 29,000 students on 11 campuses. SPC’s Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement (CCLCE) is a catalyst for community engaged learning across the college and for civic engagement opportunities county wide. Community engagement is one of the college's visionary commitments and part of what makes SPC a Community of Care. SPC’s CCLCE was designed to partner with community thought leaders like PBS to provide civic education as well as engagement.

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