Thursday, April 19, 2007
The National Issues Forums (NIF) discussion model has strong connections to the University of Georgia. After several years of the UGA PPI taking place in Atlanta at the Jimmy Carter Library, in 2006 the Richard B. Russell Library, a political archives and center for research and study of politics and policy, in conjunction with the Roosevelt Institution at the University of Georgia, part of a national network of student think tanks dedicated to influencing national policy through the avenues of public policy and advocacy, have joined together to provide the Russell-Roosevelt Policy Institute.
This institute fosters civic engagement and deliberation among diverse audiences and gives participants the skills to tackle important issues in their own communities. The Russell Library will serve as a repository for materials related to developing civic engagement programming, which will be available to groups interested in developing civic education programming. The 2007 Public Policy Institute in June will be the inaugural program for this joint venture