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August 5, 2008

Wayne Morse Center Announces 2008-09 Project Grant Recipients

Each year the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics sponsors events and the scholarly activities of UO faculty members, students, and community groups. The grants supplement the activities of the Wayne Morse Center for the continued thematic inquiry, “Democracy and Citizenship in the 21st Century.”

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 on 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
The Women’s Law Forum is an Oregon Law student organization that will present a symposium on October 3, 2008 titled “Elections Exposed: Women, Money, and Politics.” Invited speakers include Oregon Supreme Court Justice Virginia Linder; Joan Mandle, the executive director of Democracy Matters; and Barbara Garfien, campaign manager and fundraiser.

Teacher Education Course
This innovative course will address the department’s new focus on English learners, bicultural (minority) students, and educational equity in the schools. The project is coordinated by Edward Olivos and will feature fieldwork on the issues of immigration and culture during the summer term.

PIPS (Public Interest Public Service)
The Public Interest Public Service Program at Oregon Law will present an afternoon of education and discussion on Oregon ballot initiatives. This discussion is intended to be three-fold with a session to educate and engage students on Oregon’s unique initiative process, a debate between advocates on opposing sides of a currently proposed ballot measure, and a reception.

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