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The James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship has as its mission to assume a national leadership role in preparing new generations of American citizens. The focus is to provide programs, institutes, activities and resources for educators to implement more powerful citizenship programs and opportunities that result in active student involvement in schools and communities.


Dr. Phillip J.VanFossen

Assistant Director
Dr. Asta Balkute

Administrative Assistant
Kathy Reppert



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Project Citizen Showcase will take place on December 3, 2014 at 5:30 pm at Purdue Uiniversity. 

Purdue Series on Corporate Citizenship and Ethics features a speaker Perry Chen, creator and chairman of Kickstarter. Event to take place on Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7pm at Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center. For more information please click here.

Project Citizen showcase to take place on December 2, 2013 at Stewart Center, Room 214-218, Purdue University. The event is free and open for public. To learn more, please read press release.  


The Ackerman Center is partner of Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute hosted by Curriculum and Instruction Department at College of Education. We are hosting 45 European and The U.S. fellows (16-18 years old) who are active in their communities, curious and eager to work, learn during the institute that takes place July 1-27, 2013 at Purdue University. Visit our website for more information here.

Project Citizen Workshops are available! Would like to schedule FREE workshops at your school, organization? Contact Dr. Asta Balkute at abalkute@purdue.edu for scheduling.




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December 3, 2014

Project Citizen Showcase takes places at Purdue University starting 5:30pm at Stewart Center room 214. More than 50 high school students showcasing public policies and action plans that will solve variuos community problems.

September 17, 2013

Purdue University celebrates Costitution Day, coordinated by the Acerman Center. Come and participate in different games, watch local celebrities (including Lafaytte and West Lafayette Mayors) and students in a constitution quiz-off. For more information visit Purdue University's Constitution Day Website.

July 1-27, 2013

Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute is taking place at Purdue University. To read more about it please visit our website here.



The James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship offers a variety of programs for educators, students and the community.

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