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ADP in the News │ March 20, 2014 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 information.

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Are College Sports Helping or Hurting Us?

This was the focus of Weber State University’s (WSU) sixth annual Deliberative Democracy Day in March.  The day included a panel discussion, featuring Mike Caldwell, Ogden City’s mayor, Amy Crosby, WSU’s assistant athletic director, Molly Smith, a human performance and management professor, and Brad Mortenson, University Advancement vice president.  Read more here.


Former Congressman Visits ADP at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Former U.S. Congressman David Obey spoke with students and faculty at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in March.  The talk was hosted by the university’s American Democracy Project chapter.  Obey’s talk focused on higher education funding with the presentation, “How Politics Has Changed over Time.” Read more here.


Pulitzer Prize Winner Gave a Talk on National Security at University of Central Oklahoma

The American Democracy Project at the University of Central Oklahoma hosted Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Mark Mazzetti to speak to the community about national security and privacy.  The talk will be accompanied by a screening of the documentary, “Terms and Conditions May Apply.”  Read more here and here.


Keene State College Hosts Red Balloon Project Talk

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ vice president of academic leadership and change, George Mehaffy, spoke at Keene State College last month.  Mehaffy addressed the current state of public higher education and his vision of its future.  Read more here.


The American Democracy Project’s National Screening of “Inequality for All”

The American Democracy Project organized a national screening of former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich’s documentary, “Inequality for All.”  Reich hosted a webcast discussion after the screening.  Continue reading to find out how some of ADP institutions participated in the event.

Read about the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s event here.

Read about Illinois State University’s event here.

Read about Dalton State College’s event here.


Forum on Animal Care and Control Ordinances at Indiana University South Bend 

The American Democracy Project and Political Science Club at Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) hosted forum to discuss proposed changes to South Bend’s animal care and control ordinances. Hosted by Elizabeth Bennion, a political science professor at IUSB, “Pets and Property: South Bend’s Changing Laws Regarding Pet Ownership” featured a panel discussion with local officials.  Read more here.


American Democracy Project State of the Union Address ‘Tweet-up’ #ADPTDCsotu

The American Democracy Project organized a ‘tweet-up’ for President Obama’s State of the Union Address in January.  Many ADP campuses participated in the event.  Continue reading to find out how some ADP campuses joined in the social media conversation.

Read about Clemson University’s ‘tweet-up’ here.

Read about Illinois State University’s ‘tweet-up’ here.

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