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Vital Issue Sessions

A Conversation with Federal Judges: A View of Civic Education from the Bench


This conversation with federal judges provides unique insight into possible partnerships for judges and educators. The judges will discuss initiatives within their communities to educate students and the public about the role of courts and the rule of law. As civic education leaders, judges and educators are ideal partners in educating students to be engaged citizens.

Civic Education & Media Literacy: Preparing Learners to Thrive in the Digital World

This panel explores the intersections between civic education and media literacy education from both a local and national perspective. Moderated by the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), the conversation includes examples of best practices, discussion of the challenges educators face, and a brainstorm about how best to align efforts moving forward.

In Her Shoes: Field Notes from National Geographic Explorers

Let's change the world together. New this year, an all-female trio of National Geographic Explorers share their stories from the field live on stage. Hear from engaging women who are preserving history, sharing cultures from across the globe, and inspiring the next generation of changemakers. Discover National Geographic's commitment to support women creating positive change in the world.

Presented by the National Geographic Society and National Geographic Learning

Lessons of the Holocaust: The Experiences of Survivors


The Holocaust represents a watershed moment in history, providing endless opportunities for study and understanding. The lessons of this history are not confined to the past but resonate throughout our political, cultural, civic, and communal lives today. Survivors of the Holocaust are uniquely positioned to share their experiences, providing inspiration to educators and students alike. Explore these issues through lens of two Holocaust survivors’ experiences, in conversation with Illinois Holocaust Museum Director of Education Kelley H. Szany.