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ADP in the News | October 5, 2014 Edition

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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Texas A&M University – Kingsville’s ADP sponsored a Constitution Day lecture on September 17 by political science assistant professor Travis Braidwood. The talk, titled “You Can’t Say That: the Constitutionality of Regulating Seditious Speech in America” was held in the Student Union and covered

the history of regulating seditious speech in the United States. Read more.

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The American Democracy Project at Fort Hays State University (Kan.) presents a seminar on the Ukraine. Read more.

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In Wisconsin, a candidate forum will be hosted by community partners including UW Oshkosh’s ADP and the local League of Women Voters. Read more.

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The University of Northern Iowa’s ADP will sponsor a Mandela panel in an event free and open to the public. Read more.

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ADP’s campus coordinator at Indiana University South Bend, Elizabeth Bennion, began a new season as host of the television show “Politically Speaking” on Sunday, October 5. “Politically Speaking” is the PBS station’s (WNIT Public Television — Channel 34.1) longest-running locally-produced program. Read more.

 

Georgia College Teach-In: Events in Ferguson, Missouri

By Gregg Kaufman, ADP National Steering Committee Member

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Georgia College Teach-in on “Events in Ferguson, MO”

A standing room only crowd of nearly 150 students, faculty, staff, and community citizens attended a teach-in at Georgia College that addressed the events in Ferguson, MO and the related issues of race, class, and inequity in American society. Panelists representing a variety of academic disciplines and campus safety spoke, after which audience members asked questions. The presentations included “The Talk” that many young African American males hear about self-protection, black male stereotypes, sociological principles such as “othering,” human geography scales, and finally a critical thinking process based on the principle of charitable interpretation.

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Standing-room only crowd at teach-in.

Approximately half the audience represented local citizens and several people commented that they hoped more teach-ins would provide opportunities for learning and dialogue. Another common idea involved hosting a conversation among campus and community citizens with the police departments that share responsibility for public safety.

A student-led educational event and candlelight vigil for Michael Brown and the Ferguson community was held the next evening on the front campus.

Campus Spotlight: Community Engagement at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Today’s campus spotlight feature’s the University of Alaska Anchorage’s CCEL or Center for Community Engagement & Learning. CCEL “serves as the intersection of student learning, faculty research and creative activity, and community engagement.  Our mission is to connect academic programs with community needs to use scholarship and action for the mutual benefit of the University and the State, its communities, and its diverse people.” Learn more about CCEL and UAA’s community engagement work in the guest blog post below. And make sure to take time to peruse their 2014 Engaged University Report!

- Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager

 

2014 Engaged University Report CoverBy Judith Owens-Manley, Director, Center for Community Engagement and Learning, University of Alaska Anchorage

Key to community engagement at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is our academic curriculum.  Service-learning courses allow teaching, learning and scholarship to combine in a way that addresses community-identified needs and enhance community well-being.  Stories of engaged teaching collected for this publication over the past academic year reflect a wide distribution across the disciplines.  From a long-term project in Conservation Biology to Architectural Drafting and everything in between, our university students work with individuals across the lifespan, diverse organizations and communities.  Our 2014 annual report “Teaching Excellence in an Engaged University” features student and faculty reflections for a community-engaged pedagogy and two programs that offer students paths to leadership in community engagement.

The Center for Community Engagement & Learning brings faculty, students, and community members and organizations together, connecting academic programs with community needs for the mutual benefit of UAA, the State of Alaska, its communities and its diverse peoples.  We provide faculty mini-grants for community-engaged projects, as well as the opportunities for Community-Engaged Student Assistants, that facilitate community partnerships that work!  We are very pleased to feature a sample of the many fine faculty members exemplifying their use of high impact practices in their classrooms.  We hope that you enjoy their stories.

http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/engage/upload/UAA-ENGAGE-REPORT-2014-Web.pdf

 

 

Campus Spotlight: Georgia College’s Times Talk Program

By Gregg Kaufman, ADP Campus Coordinator, Georgia College

The 8th year of the Georgia College Times Talk program is coming to an end this month. An unprecedented number of participants, over 1500 as of this writing, have gathered to address a variety of current and controversial topics. The Times Talk program has become a part of the university’s culture and is a dependable resource for quickly responding to campus as well as national and international issues. Student broadcast and print journalists trust the Wednesday Noon civil discourse as they cover the Wednesday sessions when reporting on specific stories.

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A small segment of the Social Media and Hate Times Talk participants on March 5.

A controversial and embarrassing incident occurred on campus this semester  due to the “community-based vent application” Yik Yak. The app is designed to communicate anonymous comments relative to a specific locale and in the unfortunate case of GC, several insensitive racial statements targeting young campus visitors. As news spread about these prejudiced comments, a grass-roots response from students, faculty, and staff mobilized to use the incident to candidly dialogue about what some are referring to as racial “microaggressions.” To paraphrase the organizers, “How can we gather concerned people together to talk about this? Let’s see if this week’s Times Talk could be used to begin a conversation.”

Indeed, Times Talk became the starting point for what has become an ongoing dialogue as over 175 students attended a March 5 session and another 90 shared their thoughts at the following week’s Healing a Wounded Community Times Talk. The GC 360 weekly campus television show covered several Times talks over the course of the academic year. You can view these segments in the March 11 and April 1 broadcasts.

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Co-moderator Emmanuel Little, Diversity Coordinator, standing and Dr. Andy Lewter, Dean of Students, not pictured, moderated the Times Talk.

Times Talk also hosted a debate on the Georgia Legislature’s HB60 bill that expands gun-carrying legislation after which Times Talk participants engaged in Q&A with the Rhetoric student debaters. Times Talk will be used as the first  hour of a Crimean Crisis: Democracy at Stake Teach-in on April 16.

While the weekly sessions provide a venue for discussing any number of current event issues, the Times Talk series also provides a dependable, “stewardship of place” resource that is responsive and adaptable to critical issues of interest to the campus community. Once more, it is important to note that the physical space for Times Talk is in a study area of the GC Library. No longer a bastion of quiet, the library becomes a public place for dialogue and pizza consumption!

 

 

AASCU’s Innovations Exchange: A Source of Best Practices on Civic Engagement

Innovations Exchange

The AASCU Innovations Exchange seeks to facilitate the sharing of successful new programs, policies and practices that other AASCU member institutions may benefit from replicating. Innovations reflect a range of issues central to contemporary university operations: resource management, student success, research and regional stewardship, program design and delivery, teacher education, international education, institutional change, and legislative relations and advocacy.

Be sure to check out the civic engagement innovations and consider submitting an ADP-related innovation of your own!

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What is Considered to be an Innovation

Innovations are defined as projects, programs, policies or practices that have demonstrated positive, measurable outcomes. They reflect initiatives that represent a new or creative approach to operationalizing an activity that supports the campus mission.

Share Recent Successful Initiatives on Your Campus

Campus representatives are encouraged to submit recent successful innovations via the links below. They will be asked to briefly describe the innovation, including its objectives, outcomes, challenges encountered, and evaluation approach, and provide contact information for further information.


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