Civic Reflection is a community reading and discussion program presented by Ohio Humanities that brings individuals together to read texts or view works of art or film clips that prompt thoughtful dialogue about service, justice, and civic engagement. The practice of civic reflection results in a deeper understanding of the diversity within communities, the values inherent within public service activities, and personal service experiences.
Individual sessions last from one to two hours and are led by facilitators trained in the method, using carefully selected materials useful for open-ended, guided conversation.
Civic Reflection was created by the Illinois Humanities Council in 2001 and was designed for volunteers in the Chicago area. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, it has spread to humanities councils across the United States.
Ohio Humanities offers this program in communities around Ohio by invitation and in conjunction with ServeOhio, trains AmeriCorps program managers in the facilitation method through a special initiative called Justice Talking: The Meaning of Service.
To keep with the Toward a Beautiful Ohio theme, Civic Reflection can also support community conversations on the environmental humanities.