OLLI and League of Women Voters offer timely civics course – Chico Enterprise-Record

After high school ends, the study of the rights and obligations of citizens in society, or civics, is not a subject that is explored very often.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and The League of Women Voters of Butte County are remedying that with an online educational series entitled “The Basics of Civics: Citizenship, Voting, Census, Reapportionment, and Redistricting.”

This is the first time OLLI and The LWVBC are offering this course. Former LWVBC president Debra Barger will lead the online four-week series.

According to an OLLI flier, the course will review highlights of citizenship, voter registration and voting, discuss some of the changes over time and address issues that continue to this day, including engaging in the very timely issue of Local Redistricting for Butte County. Civics in America has a fascinating history of encouraging voices and silencing others.

Barger says that The LWVBC serves to empower voters and eliminate activities that suppress voting. She is excited to be teaching the course.

“I’m very happy that OLLI and the League can collaborate on this,” Barger said. “People that want to learn more can do so.”

According to the Chico State website, Barger, who retired from Chico State in 2018, served Regional & Continuing Education (RCE) for 30 years in a series of increasingly important positions, playing a vital role in advancing the priorities of Chico State and the North State in the process. Barger began her career as director of extension and summer session. In her later positions as associate dean and dean of RCE, she led the way in creating grants that enabled students to attend winter and summer sessions in order to graduate in a timely manner.

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The course is free and open to all members of the public. It will take place on Zoom Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. starting Sept. 16 through Oct. 7. Registration begins today at 9 a.m. and can be found at olli.csuchico.edu. No pre-registration is required. For more information, call 898-6679. OLLI courses begin Sept. 13 and are taught online, outdoors and in-person.




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