Free Live Events

Student Deliberations, Close Up Conversations, and more!


Join us for a variety of free, live events to discuss and deliberate current policy issues in our nation and connect with other members of Close Up’s community. These discussions will allow participants to hear different perspectives from experts and each other, consider new approaches to engaging with current issues, and explore different policy proposals. 


A Deliberation on Race & Division in Education

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 10th | 7:00–9:00pm (EST)
Eligibility: High School Students (grades 9-12)

This November, join over 500 high school students nationwide for an online deliberation about Race and Society in the United States followed by a student-led reflection. This event will be held on the Stanford Platform for Online Deliberation and the event is being implemented and designed by high students who participated in Close Up and Stanford’s Learning Deliberative Democracy course. 


Capitol Hill: Internships, Careers & Opportunities 

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 17th | 7:00–8:00pm (EST)

Join us for a Close Up Conversation series focused on students! During this conversation,  we will discuss internships and career pathways that drive policy-making on Capitol Hill. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions and gain insights from congressional staff and Close Up alumni working on the Hill.


Facilitation Training 

Date & Time: January 2022 | 7:00–8:30pm (EST)
Eligibility:  High school students who have participated in a Close Up program (grades 9-12)

How can you engage your peers in respectful conversations about controversial social and political issues? Join students who have participated in Close Up programs to learn general practices and principles of facilitation, including how to bring unheard perspectives and hesitant students into the discussionsClose Up will offer opportunities this spring to put your training into practice during national youth deliberations! 






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A Supreme Court Preview

Videos | October 14, 2021

During this Close Up Conversations webinar, Close Up’s, Joe Geraghty discusses the Supreme Court with guest speaker Steven Schwinn, professor of law at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law.

Civil Discourse and Deliberation in the Classroom

Videos | September 30, 2021

During this Close Up Conversations webinar, Close Up’s, Mia Charity discusses ‘Civil Discourse and Deliberation in the Classroom’ with guest speaker Dr. Paula McAvoy.

Commemorating Juneteenth: Slavery at Mount Vernon

Videos | June 18, 2021

During this Close Up Conversations webinar, Close Up’s, Joe Geraghty discusses ‘Juneteenth: Slavery at Mount Vernon’ with guest speakers Sadie Troy and Alissa Oginsky of George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

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