He will join panel of policy experts that will draft citizenship agenda for next President
CINCINNATI, OH — Dr. Gary P. Zola, Executive Director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and Associate Professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has been invited by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) to join a panel of national policy experts to develop an agenda for the next President on citizen participation. The group will convene on Monday, September 22nd in Washington following the organization's Annual Conference, "Beyond the Vote." The meeting will take place at the National Archives and Records Administration.
Dr. Zola—who served as national chair of the Commission for Commemorating the 350 Years of American Jewish History, organized to help our nation mark the 350th anniversary of Jewish communal life in North America (1654-2004)—was also recently named to the Advisory Committee of the national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
Founded in 1946 to sustain the spirit of cooperation that bound citizens together during World War II, the NCoC was given three Congressional mandates:
NCoC's annual conference on civic participation is attended by several hundred foundation executives, corporate executives, policy-makers and non-profits concerned with the quality of national and community service, American history and civics education and engagement in the political process, NCoC's core areas of interest. This year's keynote speaker will be Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. In addition to her remarks, NCoC will release its Civic Health Index, widely considered to be the preeminent measure of civic health in America, hear from Facebook co-founder Sean Parker and other experts on the true impact of the Internet on civic engagement, and from the leaders of four organizations engaging Americans of all ages in citizen service. "It is truly an honor to have been asked to be a part of this esteemed panel," said Zola. "Civic participation and volunteerism built this great nation. As we look towards the next administration and the challenges we will face as a nation, we must recognize that public policy will impact our lives, and examine ways to impact public policy through increased civic participation among all citizens."
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The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, founded in 1947 by its namesake on the Cincinnati, Ohio, campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, is committed to preserving a documentary heritage of the religious, organizational, economic, cultural, personal, social and family life of American Jewry. The Marcus Center contains over 15,000 linear feet of archives, manuscripts, nearprint materials, photographs, audio and videotapes, microfilm, and genealogical materials.