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ADP in the News │March 2015

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

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American Democracy Project to Examine African Americans and Politics in America

The Rhode Island College’s ADP will host a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities faced by African Americans in politics. The panel features six leading figures in the state’s African American community. Read more here.


USD 489 Board of Education President Impressed with Candidates, Community Turnout

Fort Hays State University’s (Kan.) ADP and the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored a candidate forum for the upcoming school board election. Read more here and here.


Weber State University Seeks Approval for Land Purchase and Poverty Center

Weber State University (Utah) is working to buy land nearby in central Ogden, Utah, to house its community outreach center.  In addition to the community outreach center, the mission to help the surrounding community has led Weber State to join 21 other college and universities participating in ADP’s new economic inequality initiative. Read more here.


Candidate Forums Set for South Bend Council, Clerk Races

Indiana University South Bend’s American Democracy Project and Political Science Club teamed up with the League of Women Voters to host a series of forums for South Bend Common Council city clerk candidates. Read more here.


Teacher to Speak of Lessons Learned in Last Lecture at University of Nebraska at Kearney

Director of the American Democracy Project of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Dennis Potthoff, was the speaker at the annual Last Lecture event in February. He reflected on his 23 years of working in higher education. Read more here.


From the University of Central Oklahoma:

  • University of Central Oklahoma to Host Forum on Civic Involvement with Local Leaders
    The University of Central Oklahoma’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, American Democracy Project and the National Organization for Women co-hosted a forum on civic involvement in February. Read more here.
  • Betz to Speak on Middle East at Muskogee Library
    University of Central Oklahoma
    ’s president, Don Betz, gave a talk on sectarianism in the Middle East last month. Back in 2002, Betz was a founding member of the campus’ American Democracy Project chapter. Read more here and here.
  • Local Officials Yearn for Additional Voter Turnout
    The American Democracy Project’s Democracy Dialogue initiative hosted a speaker forum on how to create incentives for people to become more aware of and involved in local and state government. Read more here.


From the SUNY College at Brockport (N.Y.):

  • Alternative Spring Break Helps after Sandy Again
    Students at the College at Brockport (N.Y.) will participate in Hurricane Sandy relief as part of an alternative spring break trip. The trip is partially sponsored and funded by the campus’ American Democracy Project. Read more here.
  • Peeling Back the Layers with Matt Taibbi
    The American Democracy Project hosted a guest lecture featuring Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi for students and faculty earlier in March. Taibbi spoke about his experience in journalism and his recent book The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap. Read more here.


Women’s History Programming Includes Speakers, Movies, Discussions

Indiana State University hosted a Women’s History Month Colloquium. The campus’ American Democracy Project was one of the co-sponsors of the event. Read more here.

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