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Undergraduate students with the Purdue Institute for Civic Communication are asking Americans across the country: How competent a citizen are you? 

The answers may surprise you. The achievements of these students from across Purdue will make you proud. Please join us and Paula Dwyer of Bloomberg View, discussion moderator, for a presentation of our first national poll. 

The event is free and open to the public!

6:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2015 
The William G. McGowan Theater 
National Archives 
Washington, DC 

Following the event, the  Purdue Alumni Association will host a reception in the National Archives Rotunda.

Click to view the Official Press Release

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The Purdue Institute for Civic Communication (PICC) is a nonpartisan initiative for applied and experiential learning at Purdue University, made possible by the Bill Daniels Fund of Denver and a partnership with C-SPAN, the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network.

PICC founder and Executive Director Carolyn Curiel is a 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.

The PICC is university wide and based in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue.  Students in any major are eligible to participate in the PICC.