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FALL 2015


Thursday, 9/3/2015 - Young Hall 454 @ 4:00pm-6:00pm

Wednesday, 9/9/2015 - Young Hall 454 @ 4:30pm-6:30pm


"Writing for the President when the Stakes are High"

Guests: Presidential Speechwriters David Kusnet and John McConnell

Thursday, 9/17/2015 - Fowler Hall @6:00pm

"Presidential Communication"

Guests: Stephanie Cutter (Dem) and Russ Schriefer (GOP) with moderator Steve Scully, Senior Executive Producer and Political Editor, C-SPAN

Monday, 10/26/2015 - South Ballroom @6:00pm


"Connecting to the Windy City"

Travel to Chicago for an architectual boat tour and lunch with PICC guests, followed by a lecture at the Chicago Theatre by Ben Bernanke, Former Chairman, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System and Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator and Associate Editor for the Financial Times.

Trip complimentary to PICC students who sign-up for the trip by Oct. 1, 2015

For more information, see our scheduled events page

Join the PICC - Expand your Horizons

The Purdue Institute for Civic Communication is actively recruiting qualified new members for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

The PICC provides opportunities for students to connect with industry, government, and public policy professionals in an intimate and academic environment.  

Engaging social and academic opportunities are plentiful for the student PICC member.  Ambassador Carolyn Curiel leads PICC students in two courses in the fall semester: COM 491 and COM495/HIST485.  Communications 491 ("Critical Thinking and Measures of Civic Competence: The PICC National Poll") returns for a third semester, providing students with hands-on experience in formulating, constructing, and administering a national poll.  Following their presentation at the National Archives in May, Polling Unit students plan to unveil further findings at an event hosted at Purdue in December (details to follow).  Crosslisted between the Communications and History Departments, COM495/HIST485 ("History of Presidential Communication") provides participating students with an in-depth examination of the evolving nature of the communication practices of the President of the United States.

PICC courses will be available for the Spring and Summer Semester, culminating with the Washington Maymester Program at C-SPAN in Washington, DC.  This two week intensive expierential class provides students with a behind-the-scenes perspective of the political processes of Washington.  Students in the 2015 class, a diverse group from various schools and majors at Purdue, were charged with creating a Mobile-App or Website to help educate middle school students about the process of passing the Federal Budget.  Students met with representatives from government (the White House, the National Secuirty Council, the Congressional Budget Office, and the Senate Minority Budget Committee), newsmedia (Bloomberg, the New York Times, and the Washington Post), think-tanks, public relations firms, and lobbyists.

Participation and involvement in PICC events by qualified students who are not enrolled in these classes is encouraged and welcomed.  Interested students should complete a PICC application here.

The Purdue Institute for Civic Communication (PICC) is a campus-wide nonpartisan initiative for applied and experiential learning at Purdue University, made possible by the Daniels Fund of Denver and a partnership with C-SPAN, the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network.  Students in any major are eligible to participate in the PICC.

PICC founder and Executive Director Carolyn Curiel is a clinical professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue.  She is a former White House Senior Speechwriter and Special Assistant to the President of the United States, a former US Ambassador, and was a journalist for more than two decades.  

The PICC offers students the opportunity to become better citizens and informed contributors to democracy. In classes and activities, students experience and explore the American system, interacting with leaders in public service, journalism, industry and advocacy, at Purdue and in Washington, DC. 
PICC students enjoy scholastic benefits (including innovative classes, like the annual Maymester class at C-SPAN in Washington), internships and competitive merit scholarships.  Emphasis is placed on honing the critical thinking skills of students from across disciplines and helping them to translate complex knowledge into communication that is accessible to the larger public.  Participating students plan and produce issues forums featuring nationally known experts.