American Democracy Project

ADP at UNK Events

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - Times Talk

ADP is sponsoring a Times Talk in Copeland 142 on Wednesday, April 21, at 4:00 p.m. The Times Talk will be hosted by students from the Department of Social Work, who will share their experiences and the information they gathered while participating in the 2015 Social Work Legislative Day at the Nebraska State Capitol.

During the talk, students will discuss their interactions with State Representatives, focusing on such topics as the Death Penalty in Nebraska, Addressing Poverty, and Child Welfare Legislation. This talk will be interactive in nature, ending with suggestions on how to become more involved in legislative issues.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - Faculty Labor Issues in the 21st Century

ADP and the NY Times are sponsoring the Times Talk "Faculty Labor Issues in the 21st Century" with Mike McDonnell from the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at 12:15 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge of the Nebraskan Student Union. Lunch will be provided by ADP/NY Times.

The academic labor force has faced numerous challenges in the 21st century: the reduction in tenure track positions, the increasing reliance on adjunct faculty, the trend toward performance-based funding; and in some states, furloughs, pay and benefit reductions, and restrictions on union activity. On Wednesday, February 25th, many universities across the country will be participating in National Adjunct Walkout Day, which raises the opportunity for us to consider faculty labor issues locally. How are these trends playing out in Nebraska and nationwide? Are we nearing the end of full-time positions? Is tenure going to be a thing of the past? What does this mean for our students?

Join Mike McDonnell from the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at UNO for a discussion of the myriad issues facing faculty today.

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 were posted outside the Market at 27th Street in the Nebraskan Student Union. Voting began October 31, 2014 and continued through the end of the day on Friday, November 14, 2014. Students, staff, and faculty were encouraged to stop by the NSU to view the posters and to vote for the poster they felt had the BEST DESIGN and the poster that had the MOST POWERFUL MESSAGE.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Constitution Day Activities

Elementary education majors tried out their acting abilities as they “became” signers of the U.S. Constitution on this day. They spent 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 were 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 provided an opportunity for UNK students, staff, and faculty to REGISTER TO VOTE.

Voter registration tables were 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 sponsored 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 were 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 was simultaneously broadcast in Room 101 in the Communications Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. 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.