PROGRAM: Capitol Forum

Presented by:
Illinois Humanities Council
Local Partner: K-12 Institutions, Nonprofits, Other Subject: Cross-Cultural Understanding, K-12 Education, Other, Varies Audience: Educators, K-12, Youth/Teen

Capitol Forum on America’s Future is a yearlong program that creates the foundation for long-term civic engagement by high school students through a focus on human rights concerns worldwide and in their communities.

Guided by their social studies teachers, high school students use case studies and readings about policy issues on human rights to make decisions and take action through a post-Forum outreach activity that addresses human rights issues taking place in their own communities. Free materials are provided to participating teachers from the Choices Program at Brown University that complement the social studies curriculum and meet the state’s standards for social studies education.

Capitol Forum culminates yearly in April, at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, where students deliberate case studies, meet with University professors and other experts on the issues, and engage in a human rights simulation with their peers from across the state.