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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Maryland Colleges Speak out About their Role in Civics Education
Robert L. Caret, chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM), acknowledged the recent commentary by W. Blaine Brewer that “We have a civic duty to teach civics.” Caret agrees with Brewer that the call for K-12 schools to teach civics is vital, and adds that higher education should also play a major role in this movement. According to Caret, the USM Board of Regents recently established a civics education workgroup with a mission focused on civic education, civic engagement and civic responsibility. By integrating civic learning into general education and supporting civic engagement, USM hopes to inspire a commitment to civic life and community. Read Robert L. Caret’s full piece here.
Fostering Civic Dialogue in Today’s Highly Charged Racial Climate
A recent issue of “Teaching,” a new weekly newsletter by The Chronicle, addresses what they call “one of higher education’s biggest challenges: fostering civic dialogue in class.” The newsletter cites AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP), The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Project Pericles as organizations that consistently work to help facilitate constructive conversations among students, all the while acknowledging that it is difficult to change minds, even through civic dialogue. Read more about the way civic dialogue in education connects directly to the recent violent demonstrations of white nationalism in Charlottesville, Virginia here.
Carl Hulse to Speak at Illinois State University Constitution Day
Carl Hulse, Chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, is slated to speak at Illinois State University’s Constitution Day on Monday, September 18 at 2:00 pm (CT). AASCU’S American Democracy Project (ADP) is sponsoring the free and public talk, which will address the role of free press in a democracy. Learn more about Carl Hulse, who is an Illinois State University alumnus, here.
New Virginia Civic Engagement Task Force
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Secretary of the Commonwealth Kelly Thomasson held the first ever meeting of the Governor’s Millennial Civic Engagement Task Force on Friday, July 28. The purpose of the Task Force is to conduct statewide assessment of current organizations, programs and services that promote civic engagement in Virginia higher education. It also intends to host a series of campus round table discussions about the barriers between college millennials and civic engagement. James Madison University, an American Democracy Project (ADP) campus, is represented on the Task Force by its president, Jonathan Alger, and Jewel Hurt, a student representative. ADP is also represented on the Task Force by Alexander Boone, a student representative from Norfolk State University and Praise Nyambiya, a student representative from Longwood University. Learn more here.