Are you familiar with the National History Center's "Congressional Briefings" program?
The Center’s Congressional Briefings program aims to provide members of Congress and their staff with the historical background needed to understand the context of current legislative concerns. It does so by bringing leading historians to Capitol Hill to provide non-partisan briefings on past events and policies that shape the issues facing Congress today.
In the last year, the Center has sponsored forums to help national legislators understand the historical context behind of a host of policy issues, including incarceration, tax reform, the Ukraine crisis, and the Ebola outbreak in Africa. On December 4, 2015, the Center is sponsoring a briefing on the Voting Rights Act. (I would love to see them do one on religion and the American founding. I think a lot of GOP legislators need to be informed on this issue!)
This is an outstanding program. It is yet another way to bring historical knowledge and thinking skills to some of the most important policy issues facing the United States today.
I was aware of the Congressional Briefings program, but I did not know that the National History Center had extended it to college students until Amanda Moniz, the Assistant Director of the Center, brought the Mock Policy Briefing Program to my attention. It is featured in her article in the October 2015 issue of Perspectives on History.
Here is a taste: