Free Live Events

Student Deliberations, Close Up Conversations, and more!


Join us for a variety of free, live events to discuss and deliberate current policy issues in our nation and connect with other members of Close Up’s community. These discussions will allow participants to hear different perspectives from experts and each other, consider new approaches to engaging with current issues, and explore different policy proposals. 


Bill of Rights Day 2021: A Conversation on Freedom of Religion

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 15th | 6:00–7:00pm (EST)

Commemorate Bill of Rights Day by joining us for this #CloseUpConversation with Americans United for Separation of Church and State to discuss one of the pillars of the Bill of Rights, Freedom of Religion. Don’t forget to submit your questions beforehand to be addressed live!



Facilitation Training 

Date & Time: January 2022 | 7:00–8:30pm (EST)
Eligibility:  High school students who have participated in a Close Up program (grades 9-12)

How can you engage your peers in respectful conversations about controversial social and political issues? Join students who have participated in Close Up programs to learn general practices and principles of facilitation, including how to bring unheard perspectives and hesitant students into the discussionsClose Up will offer opportunities this spring to put your training into practice during national youth deliberations! 






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Capitol Hill: Internships, Careers & Opportunities

Videos | November 23, 2021

During this #CloseUpConversations webinar, sponsored by Johnson and Johnson, we discuss internships and career pathways that drive policy-making on Capitol Hill.

A Supreme Court Preview

Videos | October 14, 2021

During this Close Up Conversations webinar, Close Up’s, Joe Geraghty discusses the Supreme Court with guest speaker Steven Schwinn, professor of law at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law.

Civil Discourse and Deliberation in the Classroom

Videos | September 30, 2021

During this Close Up Conversations webinar, Close Up’s, Mia Charity discusses ‘Civil Discourse and Deliberation in the Classroom’ with guest speaker Dr. Paula McAvoy.

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