Tuesday, December 5, 2017

In today's Civitas newsletter: 


  • Very good Civitas Book Club last Saturday on "The Hate You Give" by Angie Thomas
  • This Saturday: Dealing with high school stress; Dr. Laura Chackes
  • Sat., Dec. 16: Issues Roundtable and Rohingya video by student
  • Results of survey on whether the United Nations should have a permanent peacekeeping force
  • Survey on whether Donald Trump is psychologically fit enough to be president
  • This past week at the United Nations
  • Calendar of Events
  • Important Civitas Links
Civitas Book Club to Meet on "The Hate You Give"

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is an ideal book for a Civitas discussion, as proved true this past Saturday. Not only is the novel an entertaining and eye-opening story relevant to all young adults in our community, inspiring teens across the country to become active citizens; it is also an American history and pop culture lesson. Through Starr Carter's narration, readers experience first-hand the killing of a black teenager by a white police officer and all the emotional pain and turmoil afterward, including a disappointing Grand Jury acquittal and the rioting that follows.

We discussed the book, of course, but we also explored the numerous references to people and events mentioned by Starr, beginning with rapper/activist Tupac Shakur, whose THUG LIFE acronym inspired the title of the novel. 2Pac died tragically at the age of 25 but his prolific music poetry has left a lasting legacy. We also watched a video about Emmett Till's tragic death in 1955, an event that many believe gave the needed momentum to the American Civil Rights Movement.

The Hate U Give is the kind of book that lingers for a very long time; Starr is fictional but feels like a friend. Kahlil is fictional but suffered a realistic death that humanized the Michael Browns and Sandra Blands and Freddie Greys of our communities. Since a movie is already being made, so we can all experience it again, hopefully together on a Civitas field trip. A planned date will be announced as soon as the movie is released! In the meantime, please read The Hate U Give if you haven't already. Or maybe read it again.

Click here to check out the presentation from Saturday's discussion on our website.

This Saturday: Dealing with high school stress

It seems to be the case in virtually all high schools -- the pressure keeps ramping up. For what reason? Is it to give each school bragging rights, or is there a reason that is actually beneficial for students?
Stress obviously comes from other sources as well, family, peer pressure, personal expectations, etc. So how can students deal with it in ways that provide relief in the short-term relief and longer-lasting ways to cope with it during school years and beyond?
Civitas will have its second annual winter program on stress with psychologist Dr. Laura Chackes. Laura will discuss mindfulness, cognitive and behavioral therapy, and will instruct on exercises in relaxation.
The program is Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Civitas office (map) from 9:00 - 11:00 AM. Students can register by clicking here.
Sat., Dec. 16 -- Issues Roundtable at Civitas, plus special video on Rohingya in Myanmar from student at Nerinx Hall

Saturday, December 16 will be our first free-for-all discussion group this school year at Civitas. Students can discuss whatever topics are of interest to them, be they international, domestic, local, or even school-related.
In addition, we will have a special presentation of a new video from Nerinx Hall senior Barb Kuensting. Students can sign up by clicking here.
Results from last week:

Should the United Nations have a permanent peacekeeping force?

One Comment:
"We should not allow forces of evil to ever surprise us, which means keeping a strong peacekeeping force ready to deploy at all times."
This Week:
Two question survey 

1. Do you think that Donald Trump is mentally stable enough to be president of the United States?

2. If you said 'no,' do you think that:? [you may select more than one response]
To access the survey, click here. 

Black: High School     Blue: Middle School              

December 9
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Dealing with High School Stress with Dr. Laura Chackes of The Center for Mindfulness & CBT.
Civitas office; 10845 Olive Blvd., Suite #155; 63141 (map)  
December 16
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Open Discussion on Issues of Current Interest and Concern with special video from Barb Kuensting of Nerinx Hall on Rohingya
Civitas office; 10845 Olive Blvd., Suite #155; 6 3141 (map)

Inspiring teens to be active citizens!

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(314) 367-6480