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Bosler Memorial Library

Bosler Memorial Library in Carlisle.

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Local grassroots group Cumberland Valley Rising will present an education series on civic literacy through the month of May.

The free, nonpartisan series is open to the public and will help attendees brush up on their knowledge of government and promote basic civic literacy. The four-part series will take place over four Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. starting May 10 at Bosler Memorial Library, 158 W. High St., Carlisle. Each lecture will be followed by a discussion and question-and-answer session.

The first session will be on what the Constitution says, instructed by Carlisle High School social studies teacher Kevin Wagner.

On May 17, Dickinson Law professor Thomas Place will speak about constitutional principles and civil liberties and how those have evolved through amendments and court rulings.

On May 24, the session will discuss the three branches of government, their roles, and checks and balances. The session will include U.S. Army War College professor of government Marybeth Ulrich and Shippensburg University professor of criminal justice Stephanie Jirard.

Sarah Niebler, Dickinson College assistant professor of political science, will be speak at the last session on May 31 about becoming an active citizen on the local, state and national level.

Walk-ins are welcome to each session as space allows, but attendees can also register at


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