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Save the Date: #ADPTDC15 National Meeting | June 4-6 in New Orleans

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Mark your calendars! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone for the 2015 American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment National Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana from June 4-6, 2016! 

Please note: The meeting schedule will be a bit different this year — we’ll start sessions bright and early on the morning of Thursday, June 4th and will finish by 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 6th. Make plans accordingly! Everyone will want to schedule their flights to arrive by the evening of Wednesday, June 3rd in order to attend the full program.

We’ll be ending the program with a closing plenary session featuring Danielle Allen speaking about her book Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2014) -you won’t want to miss it! So schedule your flights to leave after 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 6th. However, the room rate will be available through Saturday evening.

Also, stay tuned for the call for proposals in early October — proposals will be due by the end of the calendar year in December. 


2015 ADP/TDC Meeting Theme

Each year we choose a meeting theme around which a variety of speakers and sessions are dedicated. Please note, however, that while we seek proposals that address the meeting theme, we also welcome all proposals related to broader civic learning and democratic engagement topics.

The 2015 meeting theme is “Stewardship of Place: A Civic Mission of Higher Education.”

Public higher education has a number of distinct yet overlapping civic missions, including: creating informed, engaged citizens; engaging in research on topics such as civic learning and development; serving as spaces for democratic dialogue and deliberation; and identifying and addressing community needs in partnership with other community members and organizations (The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CIRCLE, 2006).

Each of these civic missions involves the “place” where our institutions operate, and our meeting theme this year focuses on this: What role does place play in public higher education? How are our institutions involved in the multi-layered communities in which they are situated? How are our colleges and communities dependent on each other? What does it mean to act as stewards of these places, in teaching, research and service? How do we teach students to serve as stewards of their current and future communities?

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)—ADP’s parent organization and host of TDC’s national office—defines its member institutions as Stewards of Place, framing the work of these institutions as inexorably linked to the well-being of the communities, regions and states in which these colleges and universities are situated (AASCU, 2002). In a recent publication, AASCU asked its member institutions to consider their work as stewards of their communities in four distinct yet overlapping areas—economic and community development, k-12 education, internationalization, and—most relevant to our ADP and TDC work—civic learning and engagement (AASCU, 2014 – available soon!). Likewise, TDC’s member institutions, for which community is not just part of their title but their legacy, share a similar commitment to stewardship.

As we come together in June 2015 in New Orleans, we cannot think of a better location in which to explore this definition and focus on our work collectively and in alignment with this civic mission. Both the American Democracy Project (ADP) and The Democracy Commitment (TDC) share a deep commitment to ensuring that our institutions and our students are thoughtfully and meaningfully engaged in our often overlapping communities. As we join the people of New Orleans in commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and the 50th anniversary of the Higher Education Act, we will explore our individual and institutional responsibilities and contributions to our democracy both in New Orleans and in the communities in which our institutions reside.

Potential topics based on the meeting theme might include:

  • Role of place in public higher education
  • Campus/community partnerships
  • Examples of mission-driven community-based work
  • Community-based learning and research
  • Economic and community development efforts
  • Ways of mapping and measuring community impact
  • Shared institution/community events and spaces

Join us in New Orleans as we consider the meaning of place in public higher education and our role(s) as stewards of the spaces and places with which our campuses are so deeply entwined.

We look forward to seeing you there!

#LovinLouisville #1 | #Online: Democracy Gone Digital Plenary Session

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager

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 #1? Our Friday morning plenary session!

Get ready for an exciting morning plenary session featuring a conversation with two dynamic, digitally engaged divas. ADP’s Mike Stout, Associate Professor of Sociology at Missouri State University, will moderate a discussion about #eCitizenship and digital civic engagement and activism and TDC’s Monica Bustinza from Miami Dade College (Fla.) will serve as a student respondent and provocateur.

Here are the session details:

  • Friday, June 6, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., Ballroom X and VI
    Plenary – #Online:  Democracy Gone Digital
    We carry the Internet in our pockets, and it has changed the way we work, shop, play and interact with each other. It’s also changing the way we teach and learn as well as how we organize and mobilize for or against the causes we care about. But are the connections and communities we build online authentic? Can anything worth saying be said in 140 characters? Does online activism actually start revolutions? What does it mean to be an eCitizen? What are our responsibilities in these new public spaces? And how can we harness the power of emergent technologies to advance civic learning and engagement efforts on our campuses? Join us for a moderated conversation about a world online and how we share within and shape it.
    Moderator:  Mike Stout, Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Missouri State University
    Presenters:
    Lauren Bird, Spokesperson & Digital Content Strategist,Harry Potter Alliance
    Suey Park, Writer, Comedian and Activist
    Student Respondent:  Monica Bustinza, Student, Miami Dade College (Fla.)

Meet Lauren & Suey:

Lauren Bird | Spokesperson & Digital Content Strategist | Harry Potter Alliance

floatingheadLauren began her involvement with the HPA as a volunteer in 2010 and has since taken on the professional role of Spokesperson and Digital Content Strategist. She received her Bachelor’s in Comparative Literature, with a concentration in Documentary Filmmaking, from New York University and has spoken on numerous panels including Futures of Entertainment at MIT, TEDx Women, and San Diego Comic-Con. Lauren produces the HPA’s online videos, which have been featured on sites such as Upworthy, Mashable, and the Huffington Post. She also writes horoscopes for the W.A.N.D. Beyond her wizard activist duties, Lauren can be found on YouTube answering the age-old question, “Will It Waffle?” She can be found online @laurenthebird.


Suey Park | Writer and Activist

suey park facebook imageSuey Park is a 23-year old writer and activist based in Chicago. Park is well-known for her social media activism and her trending hashtags such as #NotYourAsianSidekick, #BlackPowerYellowPeril and the recent controversial #CancelColbert, all of which have resulted in media furor. Park is one of the most outspoken and dynamic young Asian American women in the public view with incisive views on race and gender and social organization.  She spoke at ADP campus Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in April about “Hashtags: A New Form of Social Activism.” Follow her on Twitter at @suey_park!

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 proposalspace.com/calls/d/312

IMPORTANT NOTES

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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