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ADP in the News | October 5, 2014 Edition

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 series.

If you have an ADP event you’d like posted in this format, please email adp@aascu.org.

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Texas A&M University – Kingsville’s ADP sponsored a Constitution Day lecture on September 17 by political science assistant professor Travis Braidwood. The talk, titled “You Can’t Say That: the Constitutionality of Regulating Seditious Speech in America” was held in the Student Union and covered

the history of regulating seditious speech in the United States. Read more.

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The American Democracy Project at Fort Hays State University (Kan.) presents a seminar on the Ukraine. Read more.

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In Wisconsin, a candidate forum will be hosted by community partners including UW Oshkosh’s ADP and the local League of Women Voters. Read more.

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The University of Northern Iowa’s ADP will sponsor a Mandela panel in an event free and open to the public. Read more.

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ADP’s campus coordinator at Indiana University South Bend, Elizabeth Bennion, began a new season as host of the television show “Politically Speaking” on Sunday, October 5. “Politically Speaking” is the PBS station’s (WNIT Public Television — Channel 34.1) longest-running locally-produced program. Read more.

 

Georgia College Teach-In: Events in Ferguson, Missouri

By Gregg Kaufman, ADP National Steering Committee Member

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Georgia College Teach-in on “Events in Ferguson, MO”

A standing room only crowd of nearly 150 students, faculty, staff, and community citizens attended a teach-in at Georgia College that addressed the events in Ferguson, MO and the related issues of race, class, and inequity in American society. Panelists representing a variety of academic disciplines and campus safety spoke, after which audience members asked questions. The presentations included “The Talk” that many young African American males hear about self-protection, black male stereotypes, sociological principles such as “othering,” human geography scales, and finally a critical thinking process based on the principle of charitable interpretation.

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Standing-room only crowd at teach-in.

Approximately half the audience represented local citizens and several people commented that they hoped more teach-ins would provide opportunities for learning and dialogue. Another common idea involved hosting a conversation among campus and community citizens with the police departments that share responsibility for public safety.

A student-led educational event and candlelight vigil for Michael Brown and the Ferguson community was held the next evening on the front campus.

Campus Spotlight: Community Engagement at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Today’s campus spotlight feature’s the University of Alaska Anchorage’s CCEL or Center for Community Engagement & Learning. CCEL “serves as the intersection of student learning, faculty research and creative activity, and community engagement.  Our mission is to connect academic programs with community needs to use scholarship and action for the mutual benefit of the University and the State, its communities, and its diverse people.” Learn more about CCEL and UAA’s community engagement work in the guest blog post below. And make sure to take time to peruse their 2014 Engaged University Report!

– Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager

 

2014 Engaged University Report CoverBy Judith Owens-Manley, Director, Center for Community Engagement and Learning, University of Alaska Anchorage

Key to community engagement at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is our academic curriculum.  Service-learning courses allow teaching, learning and scholarship to combine in a way that addresses community-identified needs and enhance community well-being.  Stories of engaged teaching collected for this publication over the past academic year reflect a wide distribution across the disciplines.  From a long-term project in Conservation Biology to Architectural Drafting and everything in between, our university students work with individuals across the lifespan, diverse organizations and communities.  Our 2014 annual report “Teaching Excellence in an Engaged University” features student and faculty reflections for a community-engaged pedagogy and two programs that offer students paths to leadership in community engagement.

The Center for Community Engagement & Learning brings faculty, students, and community members and organizations together, connecting academic programs with community needs for the mutual benefit of UAA, the State of Alaska, its communities and its diverse peoples.  We provide faculty mini-grants for community-engaged projects, as well as the opportunities for Community-Engaged Student Assistants, that facilitate community partnerships that work!  We are very pleased to feature a sample of the many fine faculty members exemplifying their use of high impact practices in their classrooms.  We hope that you enjoy their stories.

http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/engage/upload/UAA-ENGAGE-REPORT-2014-Web.pdf

 

 


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