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ADP in the News | September 24th Edition

By Caitlin Reilly, Program Associate, American Democracy Project 

ADP in the News is a compilation of brief updates about American Democracy Project activities at ADP colleges and universities and is a semi-regular news feature on our blog. Below you will find the latest edition of this series.

If you have an ADP event you’d like posted in this format, please email adp@aascu.org.

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From Indiana State University:

  • Indiana State’s American Democracy Project to Host Congressional Candidate Forum On September 18, 2014 the American Democracy Project hosted a forum for the 8th District congressional candidates. Read more here.
  • Democracy Project to Show 9/11 Film The American Democracy Project hosted a screening of the documentary “102 Minutes that Changed America” in commemoration of September 11, 2001. Read more here.

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Weber State University (Utah) Debates Same-Sex Marriage as Part of Constitution Week

As a part of their Constitution Week celebration, the American Democracy Project at Weber State hosted a debate on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Read more here.

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President Hynes First Recipient of Gene Hatfield Annual Service Award

Clayton State University (Ga.) has created the Gene Hatfield Annual Service Award in honor of former history professor and American Democracy Project director, Gene Hatfield. Clayton’s president, Tim Hynes is the first recipient of the award. Read more here.

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Northern Arizona University

To commemorate Constitution Day, Northern Arizona University (NAU) sponsored Project Civil Discourse conversations in two locations, Flagstaff and Sedona. Project Civil Discourse is a statewide consortium of civil discourse organizations. On September 18 communities discussed two ballot propositions, one which addresses therapies available to terminally-ill patients (Proposition 303), and another which addresses state sovereignty (Proposition 122).

NAU also organized a post-primary candidate forum for city council and mayoral candidates in Flagstaff. Students had an opportunity to meet with candidates in small groups and ask them questions. Representatives from the Friends of Flagstaff’s Future talked to students about the importance of voting in the November election. Read more here.

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University of Missouri – St. Louis

UMSL organized a series of events to celebrate Constitution Day – including a speech competition, a screening and discussion of the documentary “Restrepo,” a lecture on American military power and paintings by UMSL students. You can read more about these events here and here.

 

 

UMBC’s New Kiva U. Chapter: Microlending for Social Impact

Originally posted on BreakingGround:

Greg Simmons is UMBC’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Greg SimmonsThanks to a grant from OneMain Financial, UMBC will join Loyola University in launching the first two formally designated Kiva University chapters in Maryland. Kiva U seeks to engage students and educators in a global effort to expand financial inclusion, foster community, and have a tangible positive impact on issues that matter to them.

Students involved with UMBC’s Kiva U. chapter will work with faculty and staff to develop a management team that will create marketing strategies and engage campus partners to support local, national and international communities. The management team will oversee a pool of funds from which it will make loans to support enterprises that mitigate poverty. Planning began this summer, with the goal of awarding the first round of up to 10 loans in spring 2015.

Beyond resonating with me personally, Kiva’s goals and entrepreneurial approach are a great fit with…

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Free Fall Webinars: Developing Social Capital with APLU

APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) Presents:

The Social Capital Webinar Series
APLU’s Commission on Innovation invites you to join us for a series of lively conversations about the most critical aspects of innovation ecosystem development—creating trust and building social capital. This unique program is more talk show than webinar, with emphasis placed on conversation over presentation. Don’t miss out—click this link to register for one or more of the Social Capital webinars today!: http://bit.ly/1g7UWTc

social capital [soh-shuhl kap-i-tl]: (1) collective or economic benefits derived from cooperation between individuals and groups; the idea “that social networks have value”; (2) trust.

Thursday, September 18, 2 – 3pm Eastern
Civic and Social Engagement: Why Community Development Partnerships Matter
Innovation ecosystems rely not only on great talent and great innovation, but also on creating great places to live, work, and play. Place development—through social, community, and cultural partnerships—is a critical element.
Featuring: Eva Klein, University Economic Development Association (UEDA) and Eva Klein & Associates; Lloyd Jacobs, University of Toledo; (additional guest TBA)

Thursday, October 16, 2 – 3pm Eastern
Evolution of a New Paradigm: Emerging Tech Transfer Partnership Models
To make technology transfer happen in today’s innovation ecosystems, relationships must matter more than transactions. How universities interact with industry for technology transfer and development is changing, and so is the way relationships develop within the university.
Featuring: Jacob Johnson, innovosource; Valerie McDevitt, Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM); Howard Grimes, Idaho State University

Thursday, November 20, 2 – 3pm Eastern
Policies That Support Practice: What Government Does to Enable Innovation Ecosystems
We hear all the time that government should just “get out of the way” and let the private sector innovate. Could it be, though, that government is the real risk-taker that allows partnerships to grow and flourish? Federal, state, and local policy may be at the heart of innovation ecosystems.
Featuring: Dan Berglund, SSTI; Susan Sloan, National Academies Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR); (additional guest TBA)

2014 Constitution Day is September 17

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In less than a month, colleges and universities across the country will commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

Although educational institutions in the United States that receive federal funding must observe Constitution Day, the real reason we celebrate it is to memorialize the creation of our democracy. What was penned in this document has been fought for and protected by courageous men and women decade after decade, and it has inspired countries around the world to draft similar documents. Together, we continuously work to forge a more perfect union.

This annual holiday is a day to pause and reflect on the birth of our democracy.

And this post is a reminder that Constitution Day is coming up on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

If you need a little inspiration and want to read what some of your ADP colleagues did last year to commemorate Constitution Day, check out this blog entry or this one.

If you are in need of resources, please visit our ADP resource page on Constitution Day.

And finally, if you already know what you are doing, we would love to hear about it. Please take just a moment to fill out this short survey about your plans. With this information, we will create a summary of 2014 Constitution Day activities and events to share with ADP participants and friends. Your response will be an invaluable contribution.

What’s New ADP? August 2014 Edition

SAVE THE DATE

  • #ADPTDC15 will be held in New Orleans, La., June 4-6, 2015
  • Global Challenges Institute will be held at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, November 6-7, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Economic Inequality: A New ADP/TDC National Initiative 
ADP and TDC are pleased to join our lead institutions in announcing a call for participation in this new national initiative. We are seeking a small cohort of two- and four-year member institutions to join us in a three-year initiative to understand the impact of economic inequality on our democracy. Read more here.

REMINDERS

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BLOG

REQUEST FOR SUBMISSIONS: AASCU/The New York Times Education Toolkit 
The American Democracy Project’s (ADP) parent organization, The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), has partnered with The New York Times education division to create a toolkit that will demonstrate how instructors at AASCU institutions are using the Times in the classroom. The toolkit will serve the dual purpose of showcasing the good work our institutions do and acting as a guide for instructors curious about how to integrate the Times into their own teaching. Read more here. Submit your materials here.

National Study on Student Civic Skills and Identities Seeking ADP/TDC Campus Participation 
Do campus student organizations cultivate civic skills and identities? Join a national study to answer this question. This National Study is being organized by two ADP Campus Coordinators and political science faculty members — Elizabeth Bennion at Indiana University South Bend and Cherie Strachan at Central Michigan University. Read more here.

Journal of Public Deliberation | The State of the Field 
This special issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation consists of a collection essays by leading innovators and scholars who share a commitment to increased and improved participation by everyday Americans in public discourse, community problem solving, and social policy making.  The “field” of public deliberation has made impressive advances in the last 30 years in both theory and practice. Read more here.

What We’re Reading: Imagining America’s Public (Volume 2, Issue 1) 
Find a summary here.

Partners & Friends

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

September 17:  Constitution Day
September 28:  National Voter Registration Day
September 28-29: Minnesota ADP/TDC/CC Civic Summit (St. Cloud, Minn.)
October 10: NCoC’s National Conference (Washington, DC)
October 17 & 18: National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation National Meeting (Washington, DC)
November 4:  Election Day
November 6 & 7: Global Challenges Institute (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey)

What We’re Watching: How Democracy Works Now

Courtesy of The Democracy Commitment; see the original posting here.

In the summer of 2001, filmmakers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini set out to make a documentary film about the “story of how a great think tank becomes a law.” Interested in immigration reform and how democracy actually works, they spent the next six years following stories on comprehensive immigration reform from California to Arizona, from Kansas to Capitol Hill.

In 2011, they also took time to screen selections of their work at our ADP National Meeting in Orlando in June 2011. In Orlando, they presented with Georgia College’s Gregg Kaufman about how the documentaries could be used in the classroom.

Their final product? How Democracy Works Now.

Twelve discrete films about several dozen fascinating people in all kinds of places, each connected by a commitment to change the way that the United States handles the bedrock national identity issue of immigration.  Together, the twelve films make up one very big story, and though we surely didn’t realize it at that point, it’s exactly the story we would have wanted to find in 2001.  

-Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini, About the Series

On the website for the series, you can find background, reviews, and video clips that preview the film, which is now available on Netflix. Additionally, there are also three iBooks available in the iTunes bookstore—How Democracy Works Now, Volumes 1 – 3 that are free to download; each volume covers four films with special suggestions to help educators to identify clips and craft lesson plans.

Happy watching!

 


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