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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
Anne Murphy-Kline

Administrative Assistant
Kathy Reppert



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Purdue University's Constitution Day Celebration

September 19, 2016
10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Purdue Memorial Union, Room 118

Do you know YOUR Constitution? This year, more than ever, the Constitution is part of our national conversation. Learn more and test your knowledge with interactive games, educational displays, a student and celebrity Quiz Off and more. Register to vote so you are ready to exercise your Constitutional right in November. Give aways and snacks.



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The General de Lafayette Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be presenting a recognition award to the Ackerman Center for their ongoing celebration of Constitution Day at Purdue. The presentation will be on Constitution Day, Sept. 19th at 12:20 pm prior to the Celebrity Quiz Off in the PMU Great Hall.


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

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