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#LovinLousiville #4│Themed Session Strands

By Caitlin Reilly, Program Associate, The American Democracy Project

Heading to Louisville for #ADPTDC14? Over the next two weeks leading up to our June 5-7 ADP/TDC Joint National Meeting in this City of Compassion, we’ll be highlighting reasons that we’re #LovinLouisville.

Reason #4? Themed Session Strands

We’ve made the #ADPTDC14 program even easier to follow, with the incorporation of thematic session strands. Throughout the program, you will find that many sessions, from lightning rounds to concurrent sessions, have been labeled with one or more themes to allow meeting participants to quickly identify the primary content of a session.   These selected sessions have been designated as part of one or more of nine different thematic strands.  Based on your interests, you can choose to attend sessions in one or more strands.  You will be able tell at a glance whether or not a session fits with your interests.  Again, these strands are not meant to limit you in any way, but rather to allow you to tailor an expansive program to your unique interests and make the experience your own.

The thematic strands and their abbreviations within the mobile app are as follows:

  • Students (Stu)
  • Partnerships (Par)
  • Assessment (Asmnt)
  • Civic Pathways (CP)
  • Political Engagement (Pol)
  • eCitizenship (eC)
  • Discourse Dialogue and Deliberation (DDD)
  • Civic Learning (CL)
  • Bridging Cultures (BC)

To view complete descriptions and register for the meeting, click here.

#LovinLouisville #3 │Pre-Cons Aplenty

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator

Heading to Louisville for #ADPTDC14? Over the next two weeks leading up to our June 5-7 ADP/TDC Joint National Meeting in this City of Compassion, we’ll be highlighting reasons that we’re #LovinLouisville.

Reason #3? Our pre-con sessions!

Prior to the opening plenary session on Thursday (we haven’t told you a lot about that yet, but it’s going to be about the meeting theme—and awesome!), ADP and TDC attendees will come together (from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.) to attend one of the many pre-conference sessions being offered.

A complete list of them follows below. We encourage you to take a look and begin mapping your attack on #ADPTDC14.

Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation—Difference, Community and Democratic Thinking

Co-sponsored by AAC&U and TDC, this interactive pre-conference symposium convenes Bridging Cultures project participants to share their progress, including successes and challenges, and to trade insights about best practices and resources for sustaining their campus work in the last year of the project and beyond. Although this pre-conference session has been designed with our current Bridging Culture grantees in mind, we welcome others who have a high interest in NEH’s Bridging Cultures program to attend.  If you would like to attend this session, please email Stephanie South at

Please note: While this is open to all attendees, it is required for TDC’s Bridging Cultures Grant participants and will focus on them.


Community Learning Partnership—Forging Civic Pathways

To date the Community Learning Partnership (CLP) has developed eight Community Change Studies programs—civic pathways—across the country. This session presents CLP’s approach to establishing civic pathways that engage TDC and ADP campuses in Phoenix, Ariz., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. and Detroit, Mich.  Participants learn about how CLP programs are established and about CLP resources and tools available for developing similar programs among TDC and ADP campuses.


Economic Inequality Initiative Steering Committee Meeting

An open planning meeting and organizing session for the first ADP/TDC joint national initiative surrounding economic inequality.

If you haven’t read the call for participation, you can do so here; we are asking for an RSVP on this one.


Election 2014 and Beyond—An i3 (Information, Ideas, and Innovation) Conversation

Join ADP and TDC for a conversation designed to exchange information, ideas and innovations about advancing student electoral and political engagement in this year’s mid-term election cycle and beyond.

Global Engagement Knowledge Exchange

ADP’s Global Engagement Scholars share exciting new elements of their Global Challenges curriculum and participants exchange ideas and information about best practices and lessons learned. If you’re currently teaching about the seven global challenges on your campus or are interested in doing so, this is the session for you!

Organizing Workshop on Citizen Alum

A hands-on introduction to organizing Citizen Alum (CA) campus teams, facilitated by members of CA teams at ADP/TDC institutions. This is an orientation for those interested in alumni as partners in building multi-generational communities of active citizenship and active learning.

To view complete descriptions and register for the meeting, click here.

#LovinLouisville #2 │ Untold Stories of the Connected World: Journalism as an Instrument for Citizenship

By Caitlin Reilly, Program Associate, the American Democracy Project

Heading to Louisville for #ADPTDC14? Over the next two weeks leading up to our June 5-7 ADP/TDC Joint National Meeting in this City of Compassion, we’ll be highlighting reasons that we’re #LovinLouisville.

Reason #2? Saturday’s plenary session!

We’ll be opening Saturday’s activities with a plenary session given by Mark Schulte, the education director for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.  During his session, Untold Stories of the Connected World: Journalism as an Instrument for Citizenship, Mark will talk about what quality journalism is and how it plays a role in citizenship in the modern world.

Mark’s background is in journalism; before joining the Pulitzer Center he worked as a magazine writer and editor, for U.S. News & World Report and regional publications in Virginia.  As education director, he uses the journalism supported by the Pulitzer Center to engage students on under-reported global topics such as water and sanitation, extractives and commodities, climate change, women and children in crisis, and food insecurity.

Earlier this week, he took a minute to chat with us about journalism, citizenship and, of course, why he’s #LovinLouisville.

Q: Was there anything you experienced or studied as a student that has particularly informed the work you do now or your devotion to the Pulitzer Center’s mission?

A: My subscriptions to National Geographic World and Ranger Rick, two kids’ magazines, were as educational as anything I learned in class—and more fun. So my conviction that good journalism is the best way to learn about the world started around the age of 9 or 10.

Q: Do you have any advice for current students or faculty?

A: You have more power than any prior generation to cultivate a healthy information diet that will make you an effective citizen. It’s all free, and it’s all instantly available. But you also have more personal responsibility to figure out what the right balance is. Nobody will do it for you.

Q: What role do you see journalism playing in civic engagement?

A: We engage effectively only if we have an understanding of our civic society as it currently exists, and as it changes. Quality journalism is the only practical way for busy people to comprehend complex, fluid global and regional trends.

Q: With click-driven content, how do you think the public service aspect of journalism’s mission has changed?  Do you think it’s become either easier or harder to find people to cover, publish and read under-reported, but important stories?

A: The media landscape has been freed, in a sense, by the digital revolution. But with that change has come a barrage of trivial or misleading content. While there is less money for global news than there has been in the past, I don’t see the most important change coming from the supply side. There will always be people who will cover and publish good news. I think the critical piece is consumer demand. We have to help people understand why news matters, and we should start early!

Q: Would you mind sharing one of your favorite stories that has come out of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting?

A: We screened a documentary on homophobia in Jamaica to a public high school in Philadelphia earlier this year, and after the movie ended the students burst into spontaneous applause when they learned that the filmmaker and the subject of the film, a Jamaican HIV activist, was in the audience. You wouldn’t have seen a response like that in my high school 25 years ago. Gay rights are a huge issue for this generation.

Q: Lastly, what reason are you “Lovin’ Louisville”?  (Sorry, that’s really cheesy, but it’s what this series is titled.)

A: I’m a boxing fan, so the Muhammad Ali Center is on my to-do list!

To hear more of Mark’s ideas, join us for the plenary session, Untold Stories of the Connected World: Journalism as an Instrument for Citizenship, on Saturday, June 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

#ADPTDC14: Sign up to Participate in our Inaugural Day of Service in Louisville!

New this Year:
ADP/TDC Day of Service
Thursday, June 5 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Louisville, KY

hands (3)In keeping with the spirit of civic and community engagement efforts on our campuses, we’re pleased to announce a new ADP/TDC Day of Service to be held annually during our National Meeting. With your participation, we’ll contribute to our host cities and engage in compassionate and meaningful service projects.
For this year’s Day of Service, we’ve chosen Louisville’s Family Scholar House, Inc. Family Scholar House is changing lives, families and communities through education. It seeks to end the cycle of poverty by giving single-parent students the support they need to earn a four-year college degree. The educational focus of the Family Scholar House resonates with AASCU’s mission and goals.

We invite up to 40 of our attendees to spend the morning participating in various activities for children and families, such as the toddler book club, games and field-day activities, and art projects.

Our local business partner, O’Shea’s, will provide staff members to join in the effort. O’Shea’s, also the location of our closing reception, is a local leader of businesses working to support the Louisville community.

GiveGab, a sponsor of #ADPTDC14, will help facilitate and promote our inaugural day of service. GiveGab staff will join us on site and will launch a page on their platform dedicated to this event.

Event Details: The event will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 5. Transportation will be provided and participants will be back to the conference hotel in time to participate in afternoon preconference sessions (which run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.). A light breakfast and lunch, as well as a t-shirt for each participant, will be provided.

Please complete this 2014 Day of Service registration form to sign up for our inaugural ADP/TDC Day of Service.

If you haven’t yet registered for #ADPTDC14, you can do so and find additional information about our national meeting here: 

Proposals Due 2/16 for 2014 ADP National Meeting in Louisville

2014 CFP deadline image2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting Call for Proposals (CFP)

The deadline for presentation proposal submissions is Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11:59 PM Eastern. All proposals will be reviewed and notification of proposal status will be sent out no later than Monday, March 10, 2014.

You’ll find more information here about our CFP.

If you are interested in making a presentation at the ADP/TDC 2014 National Meeting, please complete and submit this online proposal form at


With the online submission form you can:

  • save partially completed proposals to finish later,
  • print your proposal and access it once completed.

Through the online submission form you must:

  • have the primary presenter submit the proposal, and
  • create a username and password in the ProposalSpace system for each presenter included in the proposal. (All presenters’ information must be entered before submitting a proposal. They cannot be added after the proposal is submitted.)

Individuals may submit no more than two proposals as a primary presenter. Given time and space limitations, presenters should not expect to present more than once during the course of a conference, though there may be some exceptions. Once a proposal is submitted no changes may be made in ProposalSpace. If your proposal is accepted you will be offered a chance to make changes before the final program is complete.

Reminder: Early-bird registration rates for the ADP/TDC National Meeting expire on April 30! Register now!

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