Virtual Event | Civics in the Hot Seat: Civic Education & Politische Bildung Under Pressure

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End: September 16, 2021
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Civics and history education has received an enormous increase in attention recently from policy-makers, funders, and, to varying degrees, the general public in both Germany and the United States. Although the systems of and approaches to civic learning and politische Bildung may vary, similar societal challenges – racism and anti-Semitism, right-wing populism and extremism, political polarization, pervasiveness of conspiracy theories, and increasing mistrust of democracy itself – have led to increasing calls on civic education as a solution. Political controversy, however, has accompanied these demands for more and better civic learning. The current, heated debates in the US over whether and how to teach about race and the role of action civics in classrooms are an interesting point of comparison to right-wing populist and right-wing extremist pressures on teachers and non-formal education institutions in Germany.

In this panel and interactive conversation, we will look to see how these debates are taking shape beyond our own national contexts by exploring:

  • - What does it mean to strengthen civic and history education?
  • - What are the current political debates and pressures around civic and history education in the US and Germany?
  • - How are individual actors and the field as a whole responding to these challenges and possibilities?
  • - How can civic learning professionals approach their work in light of these challenges and what can stakeholders do to support them?
  • We are lucky to have an expert panel joining us to offer their insights and experiences:
  • - Dr. Helle Becker, Transfer für Bildung e.V.
  • - Saba-Nur Cheema, Bildungsstätte Anne Frank
  • - Shawn Healy, PhD, CivXNow
  • - Caroline Klibanoff, Made By Us


During the first hour of the event, we will hold a moderated panel with opportunity for audience Q&A. Afterward, during the last half hour, we will offer the opportunity to discuss your experience in small groups and network with a transatlantic group of colleagues. 


The event will take place on Zoom on September 16th 2021, 11:00am (ET)  and will take place in English.


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If you have any questions, please contact Katja Greeson at