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The McConnell Connection

Dear friend of the McConnell Center,

We are pleased to welcome U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to the McConnell Center on March 1. The event is free, but tickets are required.

Panetta, appointed by President Obama in April to lead the nation’s defense cabinet, had served as U.S. Central Intelligence Agency director since 2009. He was President Clinton’s White House chief of staff from 1994 to 1997 after serving a two-year stint as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Public Events

Progressivism, Democracy and Urban Diversity

Feb. 21, 6 p.m. - Do cities promote civic leadership and the common good or are they vehicles through which class conflict, ethnic differences, religious disagreements and other frictions are magnified? Join Dr. James Connolly, director of the Center for Middletown Studies at Ball State University, to learn more.

McConnell Scholars

Scholars enjoy trip to D.C.

Last fall, our McConnell Scholars ventured to Washington, DC, and met with public officials, heard oral arguments at the Supreme Court and toured the National Archives.

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Shireman studies in Costa Rica

Sophomore Scholar oSha Shireman, of Meade County, improves her Spanish skills 'poca a poca' (little by little) while studying development in Costa Rica. Check out her latest blog post.

Civic Education

Highlands High wins state competition

More than 100 high school students competed in the state "We the People" competition at the McConnell Center. Students were challenged to defend multiple aspects of the U.S. Constitution. More

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