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April 1, 2008

Wayne Morse Center Announces 2008-2009 Project Grant Recipients

The University of Oregon Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics recently announced its 2008-2009 project grant recipients.  The Center annually awards project grants to support new classes, symposia, conferences, community projects and other events pertaining to the Center’s current theme.  The 2008-2009 theme is “Democracy and Citizenship in the 21st Century.” 

The 2008-2009 project grant recipients include:

  • Civil Liberties Defense Center: summer stipend for public interest law students conducting research for cases and projects, and support for public education on civil liberties.
  • Department of History: Ellen Herman, associate professor, will teach a course in Spring 2009, “The Therapeutic Origins of Politics, Public Policy and Citizenship in the Post-1945 United States.”
  • Western States Center: funds to document and evaluate the Center’s Voter Organizing, Training and Empowerment (VOTE) program.  This project will examine the collaborative efforts of seven community organizations to expand civic engagement in Oregon.
  • Women’s Law Forum: a Oregon Law student organization that will present a symposium in Fall 2008, “Elections Exposed: Women, Money and Politics.”  Invited speakers include Oregon Supreme Court Justice Virginia Linder, Joan Mandle, Executive Director of Democracy Matters, and Barbara Garfien, campaign manager and fundraiser.
  • Teacher Education Course: innovative course addressing the department’s new focus on English learners, bicultural (minority) students, and educational equity in schools.  The project is coordinated by Edward Olivos and will feature fieldwork on the issues of immigration and culture.


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