Teacher Workshop: The Architecture of Democracy

Event Details

Date: September 27, 2023
Location: Alexandria, VA
Venue: Common Sense Society
Registration Deadline: September 25, 2023 

Early registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited. 

About the Teacher Workshop: CSS’s Teacher Workshop introduces educators to high-quality supplemental resources for classroom use. Thanks to generous donor support, CSS is offering the Teacher Workshop to participants free of charge. 

During this Teacher Workshop, Common Sense Society artist-in-residence and faculty member Michael Curtis will introduce participants to CSS’ The Architecture of Democracy curricular supplement, which provides essays on classical and Modernist architecture, as well as a short documentary on the history of government architecture in Washington, D.C. By looking at examples of different types of government buildings, monuments, and memorials, this curricular supplement asks students to think about the future of civic design in the nation’s capital. You can preview the module here. 

As a complement to this Teacher Workshop, Curtis will be offering a short tour of some of D.C.’s monuments and memorials on October 21. To sign up for that tour, click here. 

Who Should Attend: The Teacher Workshop is intended for educators at all levels but especially for middle school, high school, and homeschool educators seeking to cultivate higher levels of civic literacy. Educators who teach history, social studies, government, or economics are a natural fit for the Teacher Workshop, but the program also attracts educators with expertise in different content areas, including STEM, literature, and the performing arts. All educators, regardless of specialty, are encouraged to register and attend. 

Details: This Teacher Workshop begins with a welcome reception, includes a short presentation on The Architecture of Democracy curricular supplement, and ends with ample time for Q&A. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Questions regarding the Teacher Workshop can be directed to education programs manager Petria Hoffpauir at petria@commonsensesociety.org. 


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A photo of Michael Curtis

Michael Curtis


Michael Curtis is the artist-in-residence at Common Sense Society. He is a sculptor, painter, historian, architectural designer and poet. He has taught and lectured at universities, colleges, and museums, including the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art, the College for Creative Studies, and the National Gallery of Art. His pictures and statues are housed in over three hundred private and public collections, including the Library of Congress, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Supreme Court. His plays, essays, verse and translations have been published in over thirty journals. His most recent nonfiction books include, Occasional Poetry: How to Write Poems for Any Occasion, and The Classical Architecture and Monuments of Washington, D.C.: A History and Guide. 

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