American Democracy Project at RIC

October 15 - 16

The Congress to Campus program offers students perspectives about American government, politics and public affairs from officeholders who have experienced the workings of Washingston firsthand.

Tuesday, October 15

Wednesday, October 16

Tuesday, October 15

10:00 a.m. Welcome Dr. Nancy Carriuolo
President, Rhode Island College
10:05 a.m. Keynoter Introduction, Scott MacKay
Political Analyst, Rhode Island Public Radio
10:10 - 11:00 a.m. Keynote Address, Dr. Garrison Nelson
Professor, Dept. of Political Science, UVM
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Forum: "Congress, Bipartisanship, and Governing Across the Divide"

From the public's perspective, political differences, rivalry, and enmity between political parties seem distinct and influential in the day-to-day business of Congress. Is this an accurate depiction of activities inside Congress? Panel participants will discuss whether there is an emergence of partisanship and a decline in collegiality in the legislative branch and what, if anything, can change the present state of affairs.

Moderator: Bill Rappleye, Political Reporter, NBC 10

Hon. David Cicilline, U.S. Representative (D-Rl)
Hon. James Langevin, U.S. Representative (D-Rl)
Hon. Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator (D-Rl)
Hon. Ann Marie Buerkle, Former U.S. Representative (R-NY)
Hon. David Minge, Former U.S. Representative (D-MN)
Dr. Garrison Nelson, Professor, Dept. of Political Science, UVM

2:00 - 3:20 p.m. Forum: "Paradigm Shift: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life"

The emerging civic journalism movement of the 1990s seems to have taken a backseat to more pressing problems, including two decades worth of newsroom budget cuts. Yet the notion that news organizations ought to listen to their audience's concerns and to shape their coverage accordingly has only increased in importance. This panel of gatekeepers will discuss how and if the media are balancing profit and the common good.

Moderator: Mark Curtis, Chief Political Reporter, ABC 6

Josh Fenton, Founder, GoLocal 24 and CEO, The Fenton Group
Jim Hummel, Founder, Hummel Report, and Senior Investigator
Chris Lanni, News Director, NBC 10
Tim Murphy, Assistant News Manager, Public Policy Desk, The Providence Journal
Catherine Welch, News Director, Rhode Island Public Radio

Hon. Ann Marie Buerkle, Former U.S. Representative (R-NY)
Hon. David Minge, Former U.S. Representative (D-MN)

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Class Visitation with Students
RIC students will have the opportunity to interact with Former Representative
Ann Marie Buerkle
and Former Representative David Minge

Wednesday, October 16 - Alger 110

9:15 a.m. Welcome: Dr. Earl Simson
Dean, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Rhode Island College
9:30 - 10:55 a.m. Program: "Looking Past Graduation:
Committing to Civic, Political,
and Community Engagement as a Way of Life"

Hon. David Minge and Hon. Ann Marie Buerkle will speak with a select group of high school students about the value of active citizenship and remaining engaged in their communities.
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Forum: "Another View Through the Looking
Glass: Trailblazing Women Talk Politics"

Five prominent women in politics will offer a first-hand and introspective view of the climate for women's political participation. Panelists will also focus on the next generation of female leaders and share their perspectives on how to promote women's active engagement and advancement in the political arena.

Moderator: Alison Bologna, News Anchor, NBC 10

Hon. Ann Marie Buerkle, Former U.S. Representative (D-NY)
State Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed (D-13), Rhode Island
General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, State of Rhode Island
State Representative Teresa Tanzi (D-34), Rhode Island
Catherine Taylor, Director, Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Student Luncheon:
RIC students will have the opportunity to have lunch and interact with Former
Representative Ann Marie Buerkle
and Former Representative David Minge.
4:00 - 5:15 p.m. Forum: "Preparing for Your Career in Public
Service: What Wiki Won't Tell You"

This distinguished group of RIC alumni will talk about the motivating factors that led to their career choices and reveal what life is like in public service. Panelists will also discuss what steps students can take to enter the nonprofit and public service realm.

Moderator: Linda Kent Davis, Director, Career Development Center, RIC

Suzanna Alba, Town Council Member, Smithfield and Asst. Director of Annual Giving, Office of Advancement, Brown University
Tom Coderre, Rhode Island State Senate President Chief of Staff
Hon. Allan Fung, Mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island
Stephen Hogan, Office Manager, Community Action Partnership of Providence
Jennie Johnson, Executive Director, City Year Rhode Island

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The American Democracy Project (ADP) began in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with The New York Times. Its goal is to produce graduates who are committed to being active, involved citizens in their communities. The over 220 participating colleges and universities. RIC is the only college in the state to participate in the ADP and is considered one of the leading programs in the country for political and civic engagement, often used as the model for initiatives by other colleges.

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