USD will host journey toward democracy meet

USD will host journey toward democracy meet Join The University of South Dakota on March 30 in Old Main's Farber Hall for a civic engagement symposium entitled "Journey Towards Democracy: Power Voice and the Public Good." The free event will focus on curriculum development, campus issues and voter apathy among rural youth.

The keynote address, "The Role of the University in Educating for Moral, Civic, and Political Development," delivered by Dr. Anne Colby, will be held at 7 p.m. Dr. Colby, a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is co-author of Educating Citizens: Preparing America's Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility.

The first panel, "Civic Engagement on the Public Campus," will be held at 10 a.m. and be moderated by Dr. Donald Dahlin, vice president for academic affairs at USD. The panel will feature Dr. Colby; Marilyn Leach, UNO faculty development & service learning academy director; Dr. Michael Roche, professor of political science at USD, and Dr. James Shekleton, general counsel to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

The panel will focus on promoting service at a public institution, including challenges and models of success, as well as curriculum, funding, programming and liability issues.

The second panel, "Apathy Among Rural Youth and the Role of the University in Combating Apathy," will be held at 2 p.m. Dr. Terri Malek-Madani, assistant professor of communication studies at USD, will moderate the panel that features Dr. Richard Braunstein, assistant professor of political science at USD; Dr. Anne Colby; Jafar Karim, director of coalitions, Bush/Cheney Re-election 2004 (BLS '93); Jeff Navin, former research director, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (BA '97); Ross Wright, law student leader (BS '01); and Eddie Gerrish, undergraduate student leader.

Topics will include the declining voter participation among rural youth, low South Dakota youth voting rates in recent high profile elections and barriers to political involvement.

This is the second in a series of four dialogues sponsored by USD and supported through a grant from the American Association of Colleges & Universities and Campus Compact. The first dialogue, entitled "First Amendment on the University Campus," was held in�September 2003 in conjunction with the dedication of�the Al Neuharth Media Center at USD.�

The third event, entitled "Democratic Nation-Building," is scheduled for the fall and will�focus on nation-building endeavors.

The fourth and final event, "Democracy in Indian Country," will�take place next April�on a tribal college campus and will examine the power of the Indian vote in recent elections and examine how democracy can best serve Indian communities.

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