John Gale Hun Program for Civics
Supported by a gift from Betty Wold Johnson, the John Gale Hun Program for Civics Education exposes all Hun students to the virtues of American Democracy with several all-school initiatives. We welcome government leaders and scholars to campus for all-school speeches and debates, including Congressman John Lewis and Dr. Sean Wilentz of Princeton University and Jeff Rosen of the National constitution center.
Through experiential activities on and off campus, students observe and interact with individuals at all levels of government, from local judges and mayors to congressmen and high-ranking officials. Students with a keen interest can pursue a Civic Responsibility and Ethical Leadership Scholars Track junior and senior year.
During sophomore year curriculum includes a visit the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, while juniors visit at least one real-world branch of local government. Examples have included the New Jersey State Supreme Court.
"A quality civics education makes students critical consumers of information, eager participants in their community, engaged citizens domestically and globally, and protectors of universal human rights."
Rory Hart, director of the john gale hun civics education program