For Release:

Frank H. Mackaman
The Dirksen Congressional Center
301 South 4th Street, Suite A
Pekin, IL 61554
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Phone: (309) 347-7113
Fax: (309) 347-6432

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Congress in the Classroom 2002

Congress in the ClassroomŪ is a national, award-winning education program
now in its tenth year. It is sponsored by The Dirksen Congressional Center
located in Pekin, Illinois in cooperation with Bradley University, Peoria,
Illinois, and is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information on
teaching about Congress.

Congress in the ClassroomŪ is designed for secondary school teachers and
junior and community college faculty who teach U.S. history, government
civics, political science, or social studies. Between 30 and 35 teachers are
selected each year to take part in the program. Nearly 200 applied for the
2001 program.

The 2002 program theme will be "Congress and Public Policy." Individual
sessions and presenters that will be offered include:

- Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL), "The Public Policy Achievements and
Disappointments of the 107th Congress"

- Michael Eichberg, Science Policy Fellow, American Chemical Society,
"Science Policy in the 107th Congress: Stem Cell and Cloning Research
Contrasted with Bioterrorism Policy"

- Jay Farrar and Moira Whelan, Center for Strategic and International
Studies, "Emerging National Security Issues"

- Dan Fouts, Maine West High School (Des Plaines, IL), "MindUniversity: An
Internet Teaching Tool"

- Steve Frantzich, Professor of Political Science, U.S. Naval Academy,
"Teaching about Congressional Policymaking Using the Internet"

- Pamela S. Katz, Associate Professor of Legal Studies, The Sage Colleges,
"Separation of Powers: Another Victim of September 11?"

- Cindy Koeppel and Frank Mackaman, The Dirksen Congressional Center, "The
Dirksen Center's Web Suite: A Resource for the Classroom"

- D. Eric Schansberg, Professor of Economics, Indiana University (New
Albany), "Public Choice Economics: Understanding the Intersection Between
Economic and Political Markets"

- Steven E. Schier, Professor of Political Science, Carleton College, "What
Young People Ought to Know about Congress but Probably Don't"

- George Southworth, Associate Director, Public Affairs, National
Association of Manufacturers, "Congressional Insight: A Computer Simulation
of a Member's First Term in the House of Representatives"

- Loren Yager, Director, International Affairs and Trade Issues, U.S.
General Accounting Office, "Trade Policy: Exploring Global Pressures,
Domestic Interests, and Partisan Politics"

"Best Practices for Teaching About Congress and Government" [demonstrations
by participating teachers of effective lesson plans and teaching strategies]

Participants will also gain experience with The Center's educational Web
site, CongressLink -- ( -- which features
online access to lesson plans, student activities, historical materials,
related Web sites, and subject matter experts. Throughout the program
participants will work with the national experts, listed above, as well as
colleagues from across the nation. This combination of first-hand knowledge
and peer-to-peer interaction will present new ideas, materials, and a
professionally enriching experience.

The workshop will be held July 29 - August 1, 2002, on the campus of Bradley
University in Peoria, Illinois. Congress in the ClassroomŪ is free to
participants. Participants will have the option of purchasing one hour of
graduate credit from Bradley University; the cost in 2001 was $415.

The deadline for application is April 17, 2002. Enrollment is competitive
and limited to thirty-five. Selection will be determined by The Center.
Individuals will be notified of their acceptance status by May 15.

Take a look at The Dirksen Center Web site -
( -- to see what
participants say about the program.

If you are interested in registering for the Congress in the ClassroomŪ 2002
workshop, you can complete an online registration form found at: