American Democracy Project

ADP at UNK Events

Friday, October 31, 2014 through Friday, November 14, 2014 - Voting Poster Contest

The mission of the American Democracy Project (ADP) is to encourage civic engagement on college campuses. Each year, ADP sponsors and/or co-sponsors a wide variety of campus activities. The Voting Poster Contest is one of UNK’s most important annual ADP events as it provides a vivid, visual reminder of why voting is a empowering right but also a civic responsibility. Vote!

Entries in this year’s competition will be posted outside the Market at 27th Street in the Nebraskan Student Union. Voting begins October 31, 2014 and will continue through the end of the day on Friday, November 14, 2014. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to stop by the NSU to view the posters and to vote for the poster they feel has the BEST DESIGN and the poster that has the MOST POWERFUL MESSAGE.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Constitution Day Activities

Elementary education majors will try out their acting abilities as they “become” signers of the U.S. Constitution on this day. They will spend time circulating about the Market on 27th Street in the Nebraskan Student Union during lunch and dinner hours. 

Free copies of the United States Constitution will also be distributed throughout the Nebraskan Student Union on Constitution Day.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - Voter Registration Day

Dr. Christie Maloyed (Political Science Department) and students from two political science classes will provide an opportunity for UNK students, staff, and faculty to REGISTER TO VOTE.

Voter registration tables will be located in the atrium of the Nebraskan Student Union from 11:00AM – 7:00PM and inside the Wellness Center near the main entrance from noon – 8:00PM.

Monday, April 21, 2014  

Enactus, RHA, ADP, and the NY Times Sponsor a Times Talk: "Plastics: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," Dr. Marc Albrecht, UNK Biology Department - 12:00 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge of the Nebraskan Student Union. Free Pizza and Pop provided by the NY Times.

Come see the latest research about the benefits and ecological problems associated with an ever-growing plastic industry, and learn how you can make a difference locally. Dramatic photos/graphics will be provided by the UNK Sustainability Committee as part of day one during Earth Week. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome! 

Marc Albrecht is an Associate Professor of Biology. He teaches Environmental Biology and does ecological research in Nebraska and Puerto Rico.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - E.N. Thompson Forum 

"Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization," Yong Zhao, University of Oregon - 7:00 p.m.

Yong Zhao is an internationally recognized scholar on the impacts of globalization and technology on education. He currently serves as Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education at the University of Oregon, where he is also Weinman Professor of Technology and a professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy and Leadership. Over the course of his career, he has designed schools that cultivate global competence and developed computer games for language learning. Zhao is the author of more than 20 books, including “Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization” and “World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students.” A winner of the early career award from the American Educational Research Association, Zhao is a graduate of Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The lecture will be simultaneously broadcast in Room 101 in the Communications Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Parking is available in the Frank House parking lot. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend, and the event is open to the public. For more information about the series, see the E.N. Thompson website. If you have questions or would like more information, contact adp@unk.edu.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - E.N. Thompson Forum 

"The American Military: War and Peace, Spending and Politics," Andrew Bacevich, Boston University and Derek Chollet, U.S. Department of Defense - 7:00 p.m.
The Chuck and Linda Wilson Dialogue

Andrew Bacevich is a professor of international relations and history at Boston University. Time magazine calls him “one of the most provocative—as in thought-provoking—national security writers out there today.” His book, “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed their Soldiers and their Country” critiques the gulf between America’s soldiers and the society that sends them off to war. A graduate of the West Point Academy, Bacevich received his doctorate in American diplomatic history from Princeton University. In the U.S. Army, he served in the Vietnam War, as well as stints in Germany and the Persian Gulf. In addition to several books on American militarism and diplomacy, his articles have appeared in the Atlantic, Foreign Affairs and the New York Times.

Lincoln native Derek Chollet is the Obama administration’s Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. He is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Defense on international security strategy and policy issues related to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to being confirmed in 2012, Chollet served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council staff. He has been a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution and an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University. He is the author or co-author of six books, including “The Road to the Dayton Accords: A Study of American Statecraft” and “America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11.”

The lecture will be simultaneously broadcast in Room 101 in the Communications Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Parking is available in the Frank House parking lot. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend, and the event is open to the public. For more information about the series, see the E.N. Thompson website. If you have questions or would like more information, contact adp@unk.edu.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - E.N. Thompson Forum 

"Who Stole the American Dream?" Hedrick Smith, Author & Producer - 7:00 p.m.

Reporter Hedrick Smith spent 26 years at the New York Times, where he was among the team that produced the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pentagon Papers. He also spent several years as the Times’ Moscow bureau chief, for which he won a Pulitzer for international reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe. That experience also yielded his bestselling book “The Russians.” Another of his books, “The Power Game: How Washington Works,” is considered a modern classic and essential reading for DC’s power players. Since 1989, Smith has created more than two dozen primetime specials for PBS, on topics ranging from Duke Ellington’s Washington to “Inside the Terror Network.” He has won numerous awards—among them two Emmys—for this television work.

The lecture will be simultaneously broadcast in Room 101 in the Communications Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Parking is available in the Frank House parking lot. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend, and the event is open to the public. For more information about the series, see the E.N. Thompson website. If you have questions or would like more information, contact adp@unk.edu.

Tuesday, October 4, 2013  

Political Science Department Hosts a Fireside Chat: "US Involvement in the Syrian Civil War: Is This Our Fight," Dr. Charles Rowling and Dr. Diane Duffin, UNK Department of Political Science - 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge of the Nebraskan Student Union

The situation in Syria seems grim.  Civil war has raged for longer than two years.  More than 100,000 people have died.  Recently, the international community has discovered that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians, killing an estimated 1400 unarmed men, women and children.  President Obama has argued that this atrocity calls for a military response from the United States, but many congressional leaders and the American people aren’t so sure.  Now, the Russian government has led an effort to seek a diplomatic solution, in which Syria would give up its weapons of mass destruction to avoid a military strike by the US.  Where should the US go from here?  Does the situation call for military action, diplomacy, or no American response at all?  What role should Congress play in these decisions?  What course of action could actually work?  This discussion will sort through some of the thorny questions surrounding Syria, with the hope of finding some optimal solution to the crisis.  Please come prepared to ask questions, share your perspectives and learn more.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - E.N. Thompson Forum 

"Washington and the World in the Age of Obama," Susan Glasser, POLITICO - 7:00 p.m.

Susan Glasser is the new Editor of POLITICO magazine. Previously she was editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy, the magazine of global politics, economics and ideas. During her tenure at its helm, the magazine won numerous awards for its innovative coverage, including three digital National Magazine Awards. Previously, Glasser covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as a foreign correspondent and editor at the Washington Post. She was also editor of Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, and with her husband Peter Baker, co-authored the book “Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution.” She is a graduate of Harvard University.

The lecture will be simultaneously broadcast in Room 101 in the Communications Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Parking is available in the Frank House parking lot. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend, and the event is open to the public. For more information about the series, see the E.N. Thompson website. If you have questions or would like more information, contact adp@unk.edu.


Thursday, October 31, 2013 through Friday, November 15, 2013 - Voting Poster Contest

2013VotingPoster ADP announces a DEMOCRACY POSTER COMPETITION; posters are hanging on the brick wall just outside the MARKET at 27th Street in the NSU. The “people’s choice” voting competition is set to begin October 31. Voting will be open through November 15. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to stop by the NSU to view the posters and to vote for the poster they feel has the BEST DESIGN and the poster that has the MOST POWERFUL MESSAGE. To increase visibility, copies of these posters are being displayed elsewhere in the NSU and also elsewhere on campus. These posters were created by members of a GRAPHIC DESIGN class taught by Professor Rick Schuessler. The broad goal is to encourage members of the UNK community that are eligible to vote to VOTE!

Monday, September 17, 2013 - Constitution Day Activities

Elementary education majors will “become” signers of the U.S. Constitution on this day. They will spend time circulating about the cafeteria during lunch and dinner hours. 

Also, students in PSCI 300H: Constitutional Law will be presenting "Is Constitutional Day Constitutional? The View from the Bench" - 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Amphitheater (in case of foul weather, the event will be held in Founders Hall, Room 2210)
September 17 marks the date (in 1787) on which the framers of the US Constitution signed the document and sent it to the states for debate and ratification. In modern times, federal law requires all educational institutions receiving federal funds to recognize this anniversary by presenting educational programming on the Constitution, begging the question, Is Constitution Day constitutional?  In this presentation, students of constitutional law examine the question from the perspective of justices who have served on the US Supreme Court.  Each student presenter will provide an overview of the life and jurisprudence of a select justice, and analyze how that particular justice would view the federal mandate that educational institutions observe Constitution Day. 


Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - Voter Registration Day

A voter registration table will be set up in the atrium (first floor, near the stairway) of the Nebraskan Student Union from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.