Projects

Voices of Democracy: The U.S. Oratory Project

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 the University of Maryland, College Park.

Political Advertising Resource Center (PARC)

PARC is a nonpartisan informational website 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.

Recovering Democracy Archives

The Recovering Democracy Archives mission is to create a digital archive of lesser-known but important public speeches that remain hidden within the vaults of archival depositories or in obscure anthologies and historical publications. RDA is particularly focused on recovering speeches delivered by those challenging barriers that restrict equitable participation in civic life or promote the expansion of civic deliberation.

As a speech recovery project, RDA is committed to collecting and digitizing seldom remembered speeches from U.S. citizens as well as international orators speaking in the United States. These speeches can derive from anti-war movements, civil rights movements, educational movements, environmental movements, GLBTQ movements, labor movements, religious movements, womenís movements, and other social change and social resistance movements. The project will also feature oratory from political and community leaders whose speeches are seldom remembered in U.S. history, as well as lesser-known speeches of celebrated orators. RDA recovers and authenticates these speeches to make them widely accessible through this open sourced website. RDA also provides important contextual information about each speech. When paired with the projectís teaching-learning materials, RDA offers a unique resource for high school and university educators to incorporate speeches into the classroom in meaningful and innovative ways.

Mark and Heather Rosenker Lecture Series in Political Communication

*coming soon*

Terrapin Town Hall

Terrapin Town Hall brings 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.

Political Opportunities in Leadership and Services (POLS)

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. Adminsitered 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.