American Democracy Project

American Democracy Project

Calendar - Fall 2016

What is ADP? ADP is a multi-campus initiative focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.

Interested in ADP and want to get involved?

Please contact one of the SCSU campus coordinators:






Mainstreet Booth: Join the Social Studies Club, League of Women Voters and ADP to learn more about Social Studies Education and to register to vote!

"The Campus Conundrum: Respecting the Speech We Hate": Join Judith Siminoe and Kathy Uradnik as they discuss free speech. If speech can be limited by government, who decides when, where and how? This event is sponsored by the School of Public Affairs.

Constitution Day Trivia: Come and test your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and compete for prizes!

How does a bill become law?: Join Rep, Dean Urdahl as he describes the process of how a bill becomes law in the Minnesota State Legislature. Classes are encouraged to attend.

History of Voting Rights Presentation: The League of Women Voters will present an overview of the history of voting rights in the United States. Voting rights and laws were first shaped by “states’ rights”, a core concept in the US Constitution, and later by Constitutional amendments expanding the franchise. Minnesota’s regulations are specific to this state and affect everyone who intends to vote. Classes are encouraged to attend.

2016 iDebate Rwanda USA Tour: Voices from a Post Genocide Generation:  The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, the College of Liberal Arts, and the American Democracy Project are sponsoring a group of Rwandan students who will be visiting St. Cloud State University, September 27, 28, 29, 2016.  On Tuesday 9/27, in SCSU’s Ritsche Auditorium, 6:30-9:30 pm, they will present a debate on the topic, “In the aftermath of Genocide, forgiveness is more important than justice.”  Then on Thursday 9/29, 6:30-9:30 pm, the students will tell personal stories.  Location to be announced soon.  Both of these major events are free and open to the public.

Doorstep Democracy Presentation: American politics has today become more polarized and divisive than it has been since the 1850s. James H. Read will describe how the old-fashioned practice of door to door politics, speaking and listening to voters one on one, can draw voters and candidates out of their ideological echo-chambers and rebuild civic trust. James H. Read is Professor of Political Science at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University and author of Doorstep Democracy: Face to Face Politics in the Heartland.

McCarthy Center Event: Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum is a clinical psychologist, president emerita of Spelman College and best-selling author. You may be familiar with her widely acclaimed book "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" And Other Conversations About Race, in which she argues that Americans are reluctant to talk about issues of race, and that we must begin to consider the psychological effects of racial identity development.

District 14 House & Senate Candidate Forum: All candidates from District 14 Senate and 14A and 14B House races will come together to address issues and share their perspective on numerous issues. Moderated by the League of Women Voters.

Life Happens: A Work, Class and Access to Resources Exercise by Dr. Tracy Ore. This exercise is intended to aid participants in understanding the impact of socioeconomic status on an individual’s life chances.

Oxfam Hunger Banquet: The event is social, educational and experiential. It focuses on local and global issues of hunger, socio-economic status, inequities and opportunities to take action.  At this interactive event, the place where you sit, and the meal that you eat, are determined by the luck of the draw—just as in real life some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty.  This event is sponsored by the Department of Campus Involvement, Residential Life Social Justice Committee and Multi-cultural Student Services.

Performing Democracy: "Performing Democracy" is a student generated performance based on the United States Constitution.  Through a variety of texts including first hand interviews, literary fiction, critical theory, and original writing, students examine the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution to explore the personal and political complexities of what it means to be a citizen.  What are the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in the 21st Century?  The project is part of CMST 310 Performance and Literature. 

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