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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Emporia State University Students Write Op-Eds
Emporia State University (Kan.) students involved in the American Democracy Project are writing editorials on the U.S. Constitution, democracy and related topics for the local paper, the Emporia Gazette, in advance of Constitution Day, which is Sept. 17th. Read one of the op-eds by economics major Ty Simons here.
Stockton University hosts Akhil Reed Amar for Constitution Day
Stockton University’s (N.J.) ADP/PEP with other campus partners will host Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University for Constitution Day. Amar’s presentation, “The Supreme Court and the Constitution: What’s at Stake in the 2016 Election?” will focus on the impact of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the stalled nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, current constitutional controversies and the potential effects on the Supreme Court. Constitution Day is one of a series of events at Stockton that will include voter registration efforts, a panel discussion with Stockton students who attended the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, debate-watching parties, and other lectures on history, politics and elections. Read more here.
MTSU Election Forum Focuses on Women and Children
Middle Tennessee State University’s ADP co-sponsored a “What’s At Stake for Women and Children in This Election,” panel on Sept. 8th. The event was free and open to the public. Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, former director of the Tennessee Economic Council for Women, moderated the panel. Panelists included Sara Beth Myers of Advocates for Women’s and Kids’ Equality of Tennessee, Zulfat Suara of Business and Professional Women of Tennessee, Emily Passini of Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee and Peggy Swann of AAUW Tennessee. Read more here.
Georgia College’s Times Talks focus on Freedom of Expression and Community-Police Relations
Georgia College recently hosted two Times Talk on campus featuring discussions of issues of diversity, equality, and inclusion hosted by the American, Democracy Project, The New York Times, and the Ina Dillard Russell Library. August 31st’s topic was “Community-Police Relations” and featured a conversation about this article. The September 7th topic was “Does Georgia College Need a Freedom of Expression Policy?”which discussed this article.
UCO’s ADP hosts Election Forums
The University of Central Oklahoma’s Department of Political Science, along with the American Democracy Project and student honor society Phi Sigma Alpha, will hold election forums designed to encourage greater levels of civic engagement. The forums, which are open to the public, are on: 1) Oklahoma’s Election Landscape, 2) Presidential Election: Domestic Policy, 3) Oklahoma’s Budget Crisis and 4) Presidential Election: Foreign Policy. Learn more here.
Winona State University’s ADP co-sponsors Election Forums
Winona State University’s (Minn.) ADP will co-sponsor a set of public election forums featuring local and national election issues. Read more here.
Illinois State University’s Constitution Day Speaker to Focus on LGBT Rights and Religious Liberty
Robin Fretwell Wilson, the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law and the director of the Program in Family Law and Policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., will deliver the annual Constitution Day talk at Illinois State University. Her lecture, “Can the Constitution Protect Both LGBT Rights and Religious Liberty?” will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, September 15, in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center. The talk, sponsored by the Illinois State chapter of the American Democracy Project, is free and open to the public. Read more here.
William Paterson University’s ADP Director Quoted in Article on Young Voters
Christine Kelly, a political science professor and director of the American Democracy Project at William Paterson University (N.J.) indicated in a recent article on “Young Voters Great in Numbers, But their Power is Unclear” in NorthJersey.com News that “the disruptions of the election cycle this year could signal a realignment, and young voters could be at the center of that.” Read the entire article here.
WCU Constitutional Shark Tank Announced
Western Carolina University (N.C.) invites student contestants to present a potential constitutional amendment (what they would add or change to the current Constitution), discuss why their issue is important, and justify why their constitutional amendment is needed. The contestants will then answer questions about their amendment from our judges (5 minutes max). A panel of judges will select the top 3 amendments based on the importance of the issue, how well founded and researched the amendment is, and the quality of the presentation. The top 3 contestants will earn a $50 Visa Gift Card. WCU is also planning debate watch events and voter registration drives this fall.