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Cumberland Valley Rising will host a free, nonpartisan civics education series.

The five-part series, titled Civics 101, will be held Tuesdays in October from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Carlisle Borough Hall, 53 W. South St.

The series will focus on the roles and responsibilities of local, county, state and federal government while providing attendees with insight into elected positions, agencies and other administrative bodies. Sessions feature input from experts in government, journalism and academia. Each session will include discussion on how citizens can more fully participate in their government.

The first session on Oct. 2 centers on local and county government and will feature Kim Bracey, executive director of the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, and Rick Vilello, deputy secretary at the Department of Community & Economic Development.

The Oct. 9 session will feature John Micek, opinion editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News on the topic of state government.

Sara Grove, political science professor at Shippensburg University, will speak on the topic of the judiciary at the Oct. 16 session.

Congress will be the topic of discussion at the Oct. 23 session featuring Alison Dagnes, political science professor at Shippensburg University.

The series concludes with a session on the executive branch featuring Marybeth Ulrich, professor of government at the U.S. Army War College.

Pre-registration is not required, and walk-ins are welcome for this free public series.

This is a follow-up to a similarly named series held by the group last year and is organized by the Civics Literacy Project, a CVR initiative that brings together qualified experts and citizens for educational forums.

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Carlisle Reporter

Carlisle Reporter for The Sentinel.