#CLDE18 Recommended Sessions for Students
In preparing for #CLDE18, we hope that you’ve taken the opportunity to read through the 2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement program and plan what sessions you would like to attend. In order to make your planning a bit easier, we wanted to share with you some of the sessions that we are most excited to be part of.
Teaching Boston History Beyond the Revolution
In Northeastern’s Center of Community Service, we take a deeper dive into Boston history with many of our students as a way to scratch the surface of Boston’s history that is not often covered in their high school US History class. We want students to understand the rich and complex history of Boston, and to think about how key historical events created the city we now inhabit. We also take the time to educate students about the history of our campus; how Northeastern grew from a small evening program run out of the nation’s first YMCA in 1898 to the global research institution it is today. We share this with students to prepare them to engage with our local communities. We want students to think critically about how historic events shaped Boston, as well as how our own institution has impacted the neighborhoods surrounding our campus.
Untangling the Threads: 2018 State Legislation Addressing Campus Speech Concerns
Last week's decision by NFL owners to exact penalties on players and teams who choose to kneel in protest during the playing of the national anthem is just the most recent in a long history of concerns around speech and protest - who gets to speak on which topics when and how - in our country. A number of high-profile incidents involving controversial speakers on college campuses in recent years has focused the attention of lawmakers on the idea of a crisis of free speech in higher education. The fact that public institutions of higher education are considered government actors held to the strictures of the First Amendment complicates matters, though there are many threads to the conversations around threats to speech on college campuses and not all of them apply to constitutional rights. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy, Teri Lyn Hinds, reviews some of those threads and provide examples from some of the nearly 50 pieces of legislation in 30 states that has been introduced or considered in 2018 relating to campus speech.
Importance of Pre-Service Education in Alternative Breaks- A Connected-Course Approach
At Wichita State University, we have just completed our third spring semester course offering of a connected-course with each of our alternative spring break (ASB) program. We are a young program and offer a limited number of trips but the importance of sending well informed and prepared students has been a goal of this program during its foundational creation. The course is a three-credit hour, three hundred level course that carries an Issues and Perspectives credential which is part of our general education requirements. It meets once per week for two hours with the thought that the remaining time is accounted for during the week of service occurring during spring break.
Threats to the One-person, One-vote Principle: Gerrymandering & the 2020 US Census
Though not articulated until the 1960s, the one-person, one-vote principle is considered foundational to our representative democracy, echoing in the minds of many the desire of the founding fathers to create a nation “of the people, by the people, for the people”. With the 2020 Census looming, and subsequent mandatory redistricting in all states with more than one congressional district, concerns around ensuring both a complete and accurate census and fair and balanced electoral districts are rising. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds explains the relationship between the decennial census and the redistricting process and highlight current threats to ensuring fair representation for everyone in the United States.
Lessons Learned & Resources from the Inaugural Washington & Jefferson College Symposium on Democracy
This Symposium was highlighted by internationally-renowned experts on democracy, student and faculty led panel discussions, exhibits in the U. Grant Miller library, and participation by the W&J community. Follow the link for more information and resources about these events.