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Indiana's civic health studied

Indiana's civic engagment - including voting and volunteerism - is under the microscope in a first-ever report to be released Wednesday.

The results of the Indiana Civic Health Index will be available that day in conjunction with an advance screening of the film We The People. It will be published online at www.inbf.org at 9 a.m.

The report includes details on civic health such as community involvement, volunteerism, voter registration and turnout, the role of the press and the role of education in civic awareness. The report will also detail how Indiana compares to the rest of the nation.

Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton, who is the Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, and Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard serve as chairpersons of the assessment.

The Indiana Bar Foundation, the National Conference on Citizenship, Indiana University Northwest and the Hoosier State Press Association are project sponsors, and funded the study.

To call attention to the release of the report, Inland Sea Productions is presenting an unfinished digital rough cut version of the film We The People for project sponsorsWednesday at the Indiana State Museum. It is not open to the public.

The film chronicles America's history and its founding documents and will be completed in the full screen IMAX version in 2012.

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