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Moyers on America Citizens Class FAQs

What is Moyers on America?

Moyers on America takes on crucial issues facing the nation in three investigative documentaries airing Wednesdays, October 4, 11, and 18 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).

  • October 4 "Capitol Crimes" investigates the Abramoff lobbying scandal revealing the web of relationships, secret deals and political manipulation and opening a disturbing window on the dark side of American politics.
  • October 11 "Is God Green?" looks at the implications of a debate among conservative evangelical Christians, a politically powerful group, over the handling of the environment.
  • October 18 "The Net at Risk" reports on how mega-media corporations could restrict the democratic possibilities of the Web's new future.
What is the Moyers on America Citizens Class?

Timed to launch with the series, the Moyers on America Citizens Class will host an extensive, interactive curriculum designed to inform and engage participants and spark public discourse. Using the issues addressed in the documentaries as a jumping off point, the Moyers on America Citizens Class will include multi-media discussion and reference materials.

What do you mean by multi-media, interactive curriculum? What exactly does that look like?

For each documentary, there will be 4-6 sessions looking at different issues discussed in the documentaries. These sessions will be presented in a blog format and will include text, video and questions that participants can respond to at the end. Participants will be able to subscribe to the blog and receive new entries and postings from guest bloggers we will recruit to help answer some of the questions being raised by the participants. Participants will also be able to subscribe to the comments section so that they will receive a notice if someone responds to their comment.

But if it's online, how do I do this in my library?

This may depend on the technology you have available. If you have Internet and projection, you can project the video and then conduct a discussion using the questions on the site as the starting point. If you have a computer lab, people might go through the curriculum, discuss as a group and then post their individual reflections to the Web site. If you do not have any technology for your participants, you can print copies of the text for the participants, discuss the questions and post the general themes from your discussion online. Feel free to be creative. You know more about your community and the kind of programming that will appeal to your patrons than we ever will! Please let us know about your experiments!

How can I learn more about how to do this in my library?

Join us on September 28 for an online workshop from 1-2 ET! Bill Moyers will be providing the welcoming remarks! Here are the details…

Sponsored by: Texas Forums, an initiative of the LBJ Presidential Library.

How to attend: To attend this event, go to the OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) Website (http://www.opal-online.org/) and enter the auditorium link on the left hand side of the page. (http://67.19.231.218/v4/login.asp?r=67955673&p=0). You will need a computer with speakers and will need to download some software so plan ahead! If you have a microphone attached to your computer, you will be able to pose questions to the panelist orally. Otherwise, you can interact via text messaging in the virtual auditorium.

If you have never attended an OPAL event, check out the video introduction at: http://www.opal-online.org/OPALpromo200603b.wmv. (Windows Media Video file; playback time 2 minutes, 39 seconds)

If you have never attended an OPAL event, check out the video introduction at: http://www.opal-online.org/OPALpromo200603b.wmv. (Windows Media Video file; playback time 2 minutes, 39 seconds)

Program Description: This workshop will:

  • Feature a brief introduction by Bill Moyers describing the series and the crucial role libraries play in our democracy,
  • Introduce participants to the online Moyers on America Citizens Class where you can connect, reflect, and respond to the important issues raised by the documentaries,
  • Solicit ideas from participants on ways to use this content in your libraries,
  • Tell librarians how to access free resources to promote in-house community conversations.
Presenters: Bill Moyers, Journalist; Taylor Willingham, Coordinator for Texas Forums, an initiative of the LBJ Presidential Library; and Kristin Miller and Diane Domondon, Public Affairs Television.

Space is limited, RSVP to Danielle Muniz at munizd@thirteen.org with the subject line "OPAL TRAINING" to insure a spot.

What materials are available to help us organize a Moyers on America Citizens Class?

We want to do everything we can to help make this a successful project for you, so we are providing the following free of charge!

  • Posters for your book display. Please send your requests - including quantities and full shipping address and phone number with the subject line MOA POSTERS to Danielle Muniz at munizd@thirteen.org by September 18.
  • A customizable Moyers on America flyer and press release to help get the word out on your conversation group that will be available online soon at http://www.pbs.org/moyers/citizensclass.html.
  • A booklist of the works of authors on all sides for further reading on money in politics, the environment and net neutrality/media reform will be available online soon at http://www.pbs.org/moyers/citizensclass.html.
  • A downloadable print version of the online Moyers on America Citizens Class available online soon at http://www.pbs.org/moyers/citizensclass.html.
If a library were to take part what would be expected of them?

Libraries across the country have committed to participating in the Moyers on America Citizens Class. These libraries will serve as a host to community members interested in participating in open dialogue and exploration of the issues surrounding money in politics, the environment and internet neutrality. Libraries will facilitate discussion acting as moderators to debate, leading community members through the Moyers on America Citizens Class materials.

Is there a fee for the Online Workshop or any of the materials?

No. That's the best part! The Workshop, and Moyers on America Citizens Class materials are free of charge.

Will participants need to do anything to prepare for the Class?

Participants should watch the documentaries beforehand, as the class addresses themes and issues presented in Moyers on America. These documentaries will also be video streamed on our Web site, so if participants miss the broadcast, they can catch up later. We will also have video throughout the class so participants can read, watch and discuss! How can someone watch the documentaries if they miss the broadcast?

Moyers on America programs will be available online, in demand in their entirety after their premiere at www.pbs.org/moyers. They will also be podcast free of charge for those who want to take Moyers on America with them to their workout or morning walk! We will have a link to the podcasts from our Web site.

Our schedule for the Fall is all booked, can we implement the Moyers on America Citizens Class at a later date?

While we encourage you to join the dialogue as libraries across the country engage their patrons, the Moyers on America Citizens Class materials will be available online after broadcast. And, we will keep the video streams of the three documentaries up on our site well after broadcast.