Thursday, February 10, 2011

The National Archives at Atlanta & Clayton State to Host Third Annual Civic Engagement Student Research Conference, March 25

Imagining the possibilities with the Third Annual Civic Engagement Student Research Conference.

Students from throughout the University System of Georgia (USG) are encouraged to develop an individually compelling sense of social and civic responsibility, community leadership and service to society. To support this goal, Clayton State University and The National Archives at Atlanta announce the Third Annual Student Research Conference on Civic Engagement to be held Friday, Mar. 25, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Archives.

Undergraduates and graduates attending any USG school are encouraged to apply and submit essays and panel-session proposals on the broad subject of “Civic Engagement Beyond the Vote.” Cash prizes will be awarded for the top two winning submissions.

Students from the USG are invited to submit papers and panel-session proposals on any topic relating to engagement in politics in the community besides voting. Faculty may also submit papers and panel-session proposals from course assignments with the permission of their students. Research can include literary research and/or data collection. Possible topics include:

1. Theoretical or applied research papers that discuss an aspect of community engagement or citizenship, including political knowledge and understanding; Constitutional issues; open inquiry and academic freedom; ethics in government and civility; civic leadership; historical analyzes of factors affecting social justice; and, economic, psychological, philosophical, historical, or educational analyses of people, movements, or trends that have shaped our democracy and its people.

2. Presentations or panels that address any of the topics above.

3. Presentations or panels that provide information about best practices for community engagement activities.

4. Presentations or panels that explain how to engage in an activity (volunteering, course based, internship) that benefits the community and provides well defined learning outcomes.

The featured concurrent sessions will last 30 minutes. Some presentations will be grouped with others for 10-15 minute presentations.

Submission guidelines are as follows:
  • Papers and proposals should be no less than four pages and no more than 25 pages.
  • Each submission should be sent via email to Dr. Joe Corrado at
  • The deadline for submissions is Friday, Mar. 18 by 5 p.m.
  • Submissions should include a cover page with contact information (name, address, email, phone number) of the participant.

For further contact information or details on The National Archives at Atlanta, contact Corrado at or the National Archives at Atlanta at

The National Archives at Atlanta is dedicated to preserving the documentary legacy of our past and houses an extraordinary collection of documents created to educate and continue the value of civic actions based on the history of past civic actions.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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