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"You may not be interested in politics, but politics is interested in you." -- Marshall Berman
This Center's programs emphasize the importance of engaged, informed, and active citizenship. The Center's core message is that citizens in a democratic society have rights and responsibilities. They must be prepared to recognize the former and to assume the latter. By offering programs that underscore the relevance of governmental and legal developments to their lives, the Center helps students become better prepared for lives of civic engagement.
"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance and a people that mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power that knowledge brings." -- James Madison
These elements of the Saint Francis University Statement of Mission, Vision Statement, Educational Philosophy, Goals of Franciscan Higher Education, and Strategic Themes all relate directly to the citizenship-based mission of this Center. The Center coordinates curricular and co-curricular programs that inform students' interest in politics, government, and law. Such programs are designed to provide a deeper and fuller understanding of political processes, establishing a solid conceptual foundation that can be built upon in the future. Our students are students for four years; they are citizens for the rest of their lives.
"I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society than the people themselves. . . . If we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education." --Thomas Jefferson
The Center works with the Pre-Law Club, the political science, public administration/government service, and pre-law programs, and other bodies to offer a wide variety of relevant programs. This Center coordinates, supports, and publicizes programs like the following:
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free . . . it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson
"A silent majority and government by the people are incompatible." -Tom Hayden
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -Benjamin Franklin
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