Adult Civic Education (Voter Education)

Some years ago, Professor Michael Krasner, the Institute’s Co-Director, collaborated with new immigrant community groups in Queens in the development of a uniquely detailed, nuts-and-bolts voter education pamphlet to honor Alice Cardona, a long time community leader. In 2003, working with the New York Immigration Coalition, he updated and revised this pamphlet, which the Coalition published under the title, Immigrant New Yorkers: Use the Power of Your Vote! Professor Krasner also wrote the more extensive civic education curriculum used by the Immigration Coalition.

In 2017 Professor Krasner worked with a new community organization in Forest Hills, New York (“Let’s Talk Democracy”) to organize a series of lectures presented at the Forest Hills Branch of the New York Public Library to provide adults with an updated course of civic education geared to becoming active citizens.  Professor Krasner offered six of the seven lectures leading up to a final eighth session in which various advocacy groups offered participants a range of possibilities for becoming involved in local, national, and international politics.  The Institute has continued to provide technical assistance to the group, with Professors Pierre-Louis, Jr. and Zevin facilitating meetings that discussed the group’s future and Professor Krasner giving a retrospective lecture in March, 2018.

Inquiries about civic education, workshops or courses should be sent to either of the Co-Directors—Professor Jack Zevin, jack.zevin@gmail.com or Professor Michael Krasner, makrasner@gmail.com. Tax deductible contributions will be gratefully received and may be made through the Donate part of this web site or by USPS mail to Taft Institute, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Queens, New York, 11367-1597.

In the Fall of 2019 Professor Krasner will again collaborate with the group called “Let’s Talk Democracy,” and with the Forest Hills Branch of the New York Public Library to present a series of lectures on the question “Can Democracy Survive?” Lectures will take place at the Forest Hills Public Library, Wednesday evenings, at 6:00 pm on October 23rd and 30th, November 6th and 13th, and on Thursday, November 21st at 6:00 pm.