Partner Spotlight: Ready to Find Common Ground? Bring it to Your Table

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Ready to Find Common Ground?
Bring it to Your Table
by Julie Winokur

Emmy Nominated Filmmaker Julie Winokur

Emmy Nominated Filmmaker Julie Winokur

Last year I came to the ADP/TDC national meeting excited about finally finding people, who like me, were tired of divisive politics. This year, I’m even more enthusiastic as I officially roll out our toolkit and campus-wide launch for Bring It to The Table.    

My session takes place Friday, June 5 @ 1:45 p.m. in Studio 9.  

What started as a challenge from my teenage son to become more politically tolerant, morphed into a documentary film which then transformed into an interactive experience that engages citizens in reclaiming civil discourse. The goal of Bring It to The Table is not to change anyone’s political affiliation or belief system, but to empower students to take an active role in breaking down hyper-partisanship at the ground level, citizen-to-citizen. We would like to see Bring It to The Table events take place on ADP, TDC and NASPA campuses across the country as a resounding affirmation that students want and need their voices heard.


Our 40-minute film provides an exciting event for campus organizers to convene students and their community in a dynamic, innovative format. The film is followed by live Table Talks where audience members engage in civil discourse. Our new toolkit offers a roadmap on how to implement and adapt what we’ve found to be successful. We have also developed a mobile app that turns audience members into active participants while collecting data to measure audience impact.  As I return to ADP this year I am excited to provide schools with their own toolkit for campus activities, including a DVD and our web-based mobile app with a personalized access code.

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Special Offer:  We will give 25% off the DVD and toolkit for ADP/TDC/NASPA members now through September 2015.

New Trailer: view it here.

To learn more about Bring It and how you can take it to your college campus, please visit our website: and follow us on twitter: @2thetable

[CLDE15 Meeting Update] Campus & Friends Showcase 2015


Do you want to share your CLDE campus activities?
Are you an ADP/TDC/NASPA partner organization?
Do you want to promote the work of your campus or organization?

Consider hosting a table at the Campus & Friends Showcase at the 2015 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting in New Orleans, La.

Thursday, June 4, 2015
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (during the opening reception)

For the tenth year in a row, we will feature the ever-popular Campus & Friends Showcase—a wonderful opportunity to share and celebrate your work and help others learn how to promote civic learning and engagement on their own campuses. There is no cost to participate. Simply complete this registration form, available here, no later than Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

The Campus and Friends Showcase will take place on Thursday, June 4th from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. during the opening reception. The Showcase is designed as an exhibit area with tables available for presenters. People love to see what other campuses are doing with ADP, TDC and NASPA, and the Showcase also serves as an important networking opportunity for project participants to connect with national leaders in the civic engagement movement.

It is important to note that the Campus & Friends Showcase is different than the poster sessions, which were solicited during the Call for Proposals. The poster session is designed to be more research-oriented, and the Showcase is set up as an exhibit to provide opportunities for information, networking, and collaboration.

More information about the purpose and structure of the Showcase, registration, the materials you should provide, and set-up details can be found on the Campus and Friends Flyer 2015. If you have any questions, please email Cait Reilly at

If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for the 2015 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting, June 4-6, 2015. To register for the meeting visit our website.

Partner Spotlight: Imagining America’s new issue of Public

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Imagining America (IA) is pleased to announce that “Organizing. Culture. Change.” goes live May 14th. The first section grows out of the 2014 IA Conference on the same theme:

  • the keynote, “Words Changing the World: The Power of Personal, Communal, and Allegorical Stories in Bringing Dreams to Reality,” by Doug Shipman;
  • a response to Shipman’s presentation by a cadre of IA PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) Fellows;
  • Erica Kohl-Arenas’ conversation with long-time IA friend and civic engagement leader Harry Boyte and executive director of Alternate ROOTS Carlton Turner; and
  • an inside look at how the 2014 conference was organized by IA associate director Kevin Bott, community organizer Maria Avila, and Emory University faculty member and administrator Vialla Hartfield-Mendez.

This new issue of Public then features a piece by Marion Wilson on the integration of art as social practice with her teaching, followed by a conversation with McArthur winning artist Rick Lowe.

A broad range of case studies provide examples of integrating culture and organizing:

  • “Public Life through a Prison/University Partnership,” by David Coogan;
  • “ART CART: Saving the Legacy” by Joan Jeffri;
  • “Lost Stories and Cultural Patrimony” by Pat Steenland;
  • “Citizen Stories: A New Path to Cultural Change ” by Alexander Olson, Elizabeth Gish, and Terry Shoemaker; and
  • “Reimagine A Lot” by Claudia Paraschiv.

The issue ends with Ben Fink’s review of Harry Boyte’s Democracy’s Education.

You can access the journal at

CLDE15 Reminder: Book Your Hotel Rooms by Wed. 5/13 for Group Rate



The 2015 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE15) promises to a meaningful professional development opportunity and gathering of the civic engagement and democratic engagement community in higher education. CLDE15  is rapidly approaching and we want to remind you to book your hotel rooms by May 13, 2015 to take advantage of our group rate. 

If you haven’t booked your hotel room yet, please be sure to reserve your room at the New Orleans Marriott at the conference rate before Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by following this link.

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans for this meaningful professional development opportunity. For more information on speakers, the conference schedule and to register if you haven’t already, please click here.

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