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Engaging-U: March 16, 2009


Faculty Interactive Research Program
Applications due: Tuesday, March 31, 2009
CURA has sent out the 2009-10 call to encourage University faculty to carry out research projects that involve significant issues of public policy for the state and that include interaction with community groups, agencies, or organizations in Minnesota. Awards cover the faculty member’s salary for the summer, plus a research assistant for one year. Please visit http://www.cura.umn.edu/FIRP.php for an official application and information.

Outstanding Partners in Engagement Awards

Nominations are due: Friday, April 3, 2009

The Campus Community Coordinators Alliance (CCCA), a network of staff who direct and coordinate publicly engaged programs across the Twin Cities campus, is once again seeking nominations for "Outstanding Partners in Engagement." Community partner organizations, U of M staff, faculty, and students are all eligible to be nominated as Outstanding Partners in Engagement, and to submit nominations of others in these categories. The complete call for nominations is attached. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Peacock at kpeacock@umn.edu or 612.624.2585.


Civic Engagement in America: Will the 2008 Election Matter?
Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University

Monday, March 23, 2009
12:00 - 1:30pm
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Institute
301 19th Ave S., Minneapolis

Pundits and social observers have voiced alarm as fewer and fewer Americans involve themselves in voluntary groups and participatory democracy. Most of the nonprofit groups launched in recent decades are run by professionals who lobby Congress or deliver social services to clients. These professionally managed agencies have displaced membership groups, leaving regular Americans with fewer opportunities to interact across class lines and to get involved in community and public affairs. America’s struggle to rebound from today’s financial crises will require not only a turnaround of our economy but also a recovery for our civic life. In the wake of the 2008 election and the innovative Obama campaign, what are the prospects for a sustained revitalization of our civic democracy?

Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, where she served as Director of the Center for American Political Studies (1999 to 2006) and as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2005 to 2007). Skocpol is recognized as one of the most cited and widely influential scholars in the modern social sciences; her work has contributed to the study of comparative politics, American politics, comparative and historical sociology, U.S. history, and the study of public policy. Skocpol’s current research focuses on civic engagement, governmental transformation, and reform politics in the United States and on the development of U.S. social and educational policies in historical and comparative perspective.

To request disability accommodations, please call 612-625-2530 or email cspg@umn.edu.

Year-End Celebration of Community-University Partnerships
Thursday, April 23, 2009, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Weisman Museum

This open house celebration will highlight community-based research, service-learning, internships, volunteering, student consulting, community organizing, and capacity building done in partnership with schools, neighborhood groups, governments, and community organizations. Come, share your stories, reflect on your experiences, and learn from others at this celebration, all while enjoying the setting of the Weisman Art Museum and light refreshments. Recipients of the 2008-09 Outstanding Partners in Engagement Awards will also be recognized.

Also, if you would like to exhibit a poster or display that tells the story of a community-university partnership that you have participated in this year in your teaching or research,* please contact David Holliday at holli107@umn.edu to request display place. Due to the space we are using, displays or posters must be able sit on an easel or on a table.

The open house is free and no registration is required. This event is sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Office for Public Engagement and members of the Campus Community Coordinators Alliance (CCCA). For more information, contact the Career and Community Learning Center at 612.626.2044.