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Educating future democratic citizens is an important part of the McCourtney Institute's mission. We seek to equip students with the tools they need to engage in productive, informed conversations in all aspects of their lives. We encourage and reward this behavior in several key ways:

The Nevins Fellows program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to complete internships at organizations that are committed to promoting democracy.

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Nevins Fellows

We host seminars during the fall and spring semesters that allow for a deeper dive into a particular topic, such as democratic dissent or Donald Trump's presidential campaign. These courses are part of Penn State's Liberal Arts Edge initiative to apply the liberal arts to real-world questions and problems

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Courses and Seminars

The annual Kenneth Burke Prize in Rhetoric, awarded to the best essay written by a graduate student in one of Penn State’s liberal arts disciplines on the subject of rhetoric in its many forms—as historical, critical, or theoretical discourse.

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Burke Prize in Rhetoric

Birkle Student Engagement Award