SIOUX CITY - As the country comes within a year of what will likely be one of the most hotly-contested presidential elections in the history of this country, people continue to ask how we got to where we are - mounting debt, increasing deficits, inflation, two wars, declining public education and a host of other ailments.
They can get a clear picture of the evolution of government and governance since the country's founding by hitting the road with Dr. Sam Clovis and his "Serious Civics" lecture series.
Based on the highly popular series presented at Morningside College, Clovis is meeting demand by taking his presentation to cities around Iowa over the next several months. The first offering will be this Saturday, December 10, at the Rosemary Clausen Fine Arts Center in Holstein. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and is free of charge.
"No matter where I go in the country, people are always asking me about the founding, federalism, the Supreme Court, and any number of topics related to how our government should work," says Clovis. "I tell them that how things work today is quite different from what was intended. I try not to make judgments about better or worse - just different."
Clovis is a popular - and at times controversial - speaker in the local area. He is a tenured professor at Morningside College, and also hosts a daily radio talk show on KSCJ, 1360 am, in Sioux City. This past September, he made one of the opening speeches for former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, and he has been a popular choice to emcee local political and non-political events as well.
The "Serious Civics" lecture series has been identified as unique. The material has an academic flavor and is steeped in facts that provide context to events in the nation's history. Clovis wants his audiences to make up their own minds about issues of concern.
"The people who seek out this information are usually well-read, well- nformed and intellectually curious. The lecture materials play to their interests and skills," he says.
As 2012 unfolds, future sites and dates for the lectures will be announced. Clovis continues, "Due to the importance of this information, we are asking those who attend these free lectures for feedback on the information provided and other issues they would like to learn more about."
The Rosemary Clausen Center is located adjacent to the Galva-Holstein school in Holstein.