4th congressional district
Jim Himes and Jonathan Riddle
Sunday, October 18th, 4pm
Watch the recording here.
lwvnc 2020 candidates debate
Lucy Dathan and Fred Wilms
Will Haskell and Kim Healy
Ryan Fazio and Alex Kasser
Monday, October 19th, 7pm
Watch the recording here.
Following the policy of the National League of Women Voters, the New Canaan chapter will host the 2020 debate for contested State seats only. The LWV Policy follows the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) requirement that a “debate must include at least two candidates.” Additionally, the FCC Regulations forbid the broadcast of any event with empty chair debates. The FCC’s rationale is that an empty chair debate would give one candidate an opportunity to promote his/her campaign, conferring a real benefit on that candidate which could be interpreted as improper electioneering activity. Debates will be held for State Senate 36th District (Voting District 1), featuring candidates Ryan Fazio (R) and Alex Kasser (D); State Senate 26th District (Voting Districts 2 & 3) featuring Will Haskell (D) and Kim Healy (R); and State Assembly 142nd District (Voting District 3) featuring Lucy Dathan (D) and Fred Wilms (R). For State Assembly 125th District (Voting Districts 1 & 2), Tom O’Dea (R) is uncontested.
Photo: L to R, NCHS teachers Paul Phillips, who advises Model UN, and Amy Rothschild, who advises Model Congress, were trained in the case method at Harvard in 2019; Micaela Porta, LWVNC President. Credit: Chase Pellegrini de Paur.
The Harvard Case Method Civics Program uses case method teaching to deepen high school students' understanding of American democracy.
Based on the highly successful experience of Harvard Business School and others that use case-based teaching, the case method presents a highly effective means of reversing the decline in civic education and engagement in the United States. As part of its mission to expand civic awareness and participation of young voters, the LWVNC initiated this program in partnership with New Canaan High School.
The national media have also pointed to the advantages of this method for engaging students. A Better Way To Teach History.
Project cases are based on those outlined in Harvard Business School Professor David Moss's recent book, Democracy: A Case Study. Click here to watch Professor David A. Moss discuss his book, Democracy: A Case Study.
Click Here for access to the Harvard Case Method Project website.
Don't just take our word for it, hear it straight from a member! Krista Neilson tells us, "Having worked in municipal governments around the country, I know, first-hand, how much electing leaders impacts our daily lives. Democracy is a full contact sport and requires a commitment and effort on all of our parts; the League of Women Voters gives people the equipment they need to play. Through the League, I am engaging and empowering people to make a difference in our community by educating and encouraging them to vote."