Keeping Our Republic:
A Call for Active and Informed Involvement
In Our Democracy
Humanities North Dakota is issuing a call for our state's citizens to rise to the challenge of our time and help us keep
"If there is a lesson in all of this it is that our Constitution is neither a self-actuating nor a self-correcting document. It requires the constant attention and devotion of all citizens. There is a story, often told, that upon exiting the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created. His answer was: 'A republic, if you can keep it.' The brevity of that response should not cause us to under-value its essential meaning: democratic republics are not merely founded upon the consent of the people, they are also absolutely dependent upon the active and informed involvement of the people for their continued good health."
-Dr. Richard Beeman, Professor of history and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania
Humanities North Dakota is issuing a call for our state's citizens to rise to the challenge of our time and help us keep our republic. The events leading up to and following the 2020 election demonstrate that American democracy is both fragile and dependent upon the active engagement of thoughtful and informed citizens. We cannot take for granted our rights and responsibilities as American citizens. We must listen to and debate with each other in good faith as we seek solutions to critical issues, understand the legal framework created by the Constitution, uphold the freedoms protected in the Bill of Rights, and take action to restore American leadership and competitiveness in a global context. To support thoughtful, informed and engaged citizenship, Humanities North Dakota is curating a series of free virtual events focused on solutions to critical issues facing our democracy and offering free civics education classes to adults and students.
Please join us in helping form a more perfect union.