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CPCCL Projects
Voices of Democracy  

Voices of Democracy* promotes the study of great speeches and public debates in the humanities undergraduate classroom. The project is designed to provide reliable, authenticated primary texts and contextual and interpretive materials under seven deliberative topics: Citizenship, Civil Rights, Freedom of Speech, Religion and Public Life, Social and Economic Justice, U.S. Internationalism, and War and Peace. Voices of Democracy represents a collaborative and interdisciplinary project involving scholars from Baylor University, Penn State University, and University of Maryland, College Park.

* NEH Sponsored Project—2005–2008: Teaching and Learning Resources and Curriculum Development—Materials Development Grant.

Political Advertising Resource Center (PARC)  

PARC is a nonpartisan informational Web site that analyses the television advertisements used in local, state, and national political campaigns. PARC is targeted to high school and university educators and students as well as civic and political organizations, voter education organizations, the news media, and political watch-dog groups. Visit PARC at http://www.parc.umd.edu/.

Terrapin Town Halls  


Terrapin Town Halls bring together students to discuss and deliberate about important issues of the day. Often featuring experts and scholars, the Town Halls are a means to disseminate information and encourage discussion about critical questions.

Terrapin Town Hall: Public Issues Forum on the USA Patriot Act

Terrapin Town Hall: The 2004 Election and the Youth Vote

Terrapin Town Hall: U.S. Health Care


Recovering Democracy Project  


The Recovering Democracy Project sponsors dialogues and public forums among community members, scholars, university students/faculty and political leaders to address the pressing issues faced by the national and international communities in order to invigorate democratic practices.

Past events include:

2002 Maryland Gubernatorial Recovering Democracy Forum

White Paper on Televised Political Campaign Debate: The Racine Group

Mr. Curtis Gans, Committee for the Study of the American Electorate

Public Forum on the Moderation of U. S. Electoral Politics

Evening of Dialogue: Civil Liberties and Security in the Wake of September 11


The 1970s Project  

The 1970s Project revisits the watershed events that occurred during this often forgotten decade, deepening scholarly investigation, historical understanding, and public knowledge of these sometimes painful, sometimes celebratory events. The Center intends to further the dialogue over these important events and their implications and to expand the historical understanding of them through academic inquiry, scholarly forums, and town hall meetings that blend scholarly research, political practice, and civic engagement.

Past events include:

John Powers, National Archives, "War & Vietnam: Secretly Recorded Conversations from the Oval Office"

John B. Anderson, "Political Communication in Election Campaigns"

John Powers, "Nixon Revisited: The New Tapes and Other Documents Available for the Public"


POLS offers a forum for graduate and undergraduate students to interact with politicians, consultants, and leaders in non-profit organizations in Washington, DC and the surrounding metropolitan area. Administered by University of Maryland graduate students, POLS increases student awareness of political consulting, emphasizes the important role of public service, and heightens understanding of domestic and international social problems.

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Past events include:

Marion Just on News Framing and the War on Terrorism

Becca Sharp, Deputy Training Director, Emily's List

U.S. Senate Speechwriting—Pete Weissman, Office of Senator Patty Murray

White House Speechwriting in The Bush Administration—A Discussion with White House speechwriter Ed Walsh

University of Maryland