Achieving the Promise: Democracy and the Informed Citizen

ATP logoLander University builds upon its legacy of civic engagement by providing a distinct set of opportunities and experiences for its campus community and the citizens within the seven counties of the Lakelands region. With a diverse student population of 3,000 located in Greenwood, Lander is poised to help its local community establish a vibrant civic life characterized by rich town-gown relations.

The Achieving the Promise (AtP) Series is sponsored by a grant from the SC Humanities and includes a partnership with the Index-Journal (a locally owned community newspaper). It contains eight programmatic elements in creatively engaging both academic and civic communities. AtP brings humanities scholars, journalists, public office seekers and holders, civic leaders, students, and citizens into an extended conversation on cultivating an informed citizenry.

The project’s goals are:

  • empower and enlighten students and community members on how to be informed citizens and model good political dialogue in a contentious political environment;
  • teach about civic engagement and life in a pluralist democracy;
  • analyze the role of the media in the 21st century; and
  • improve town-gown relations.

 

Upcoming Grant-Related Events

  • Jan. 22, 3:30-4:45. Carnell Learning Center LC 300. Campus talks by Lander students who attended the NEW (National Education for Women) Leadership South Carolina conference at Winthrop University.
    These students will present first-person accounts of their experience at the May 2018 conference and how this has positioned them for future civic engagement.
    Speakers: Ms. Courtney Cannon, Ms. Kaitlynn Strahl, & Ms. Kathryn Wypasek​
    Moderator: Dr. Lucas McMillan
  • Late January or early February.  Op-Ed essays published in Index-Journal
    The newspaper will provide a story explaining this element of the AtP project and publish five Lander students’ op-ed essays. These essays will be selected by a Lander faculty review team and come from assignments within selected fall courses in POLS and Mass Comm.
  • Feb. 12, 5:30-7:00. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. Panel: “Journalism in S.C. Public Life”
    This panel probes the current state of journalism and public life through the experience and reflections of veteran members of the media in South Carolina. What are the civic benefits of journalism? What particular challenges does journalism confront? What is to be done? Panelists will help the audience analyze different forms of media and the advantages and disadvantages of types of sources (for understanding policy, societal needs, and reflection upon civic engagement, and the vital place of the media in American democracy.)
    Panelists: Mr. Andy Brack (Publisher, SC Statehouse Report), Mr. Andy Shain (Columbia Bureau Chief, The Post and Courier), Mr. Russ McKinney (Reporter, ETV Radio)
    Invited: Ms. Seanna Adcox (Assistant Columbia Bureau Chief, The Post and Courier)
    Moderator: Dr. Brent Nelsen (Professor of Political Science, Furman University; Chair, SCETV Commission; fmr. board member, Corporation for Public Broadcasting)
  • Feb. 25, 5:30-7:30. Carnell Learning Center LC 300. Greenwood City Council meeting on Lander’s campus
    Welcome by Dr. Lucas McMillan
    Moderator of Q&A session from students’ questions: Mr. Charlie Barrineau, City Mgr.
  • March or April.  A special edition of The Forum, Lander’s campus newspaper, is published.
    The Forum, Lander’s campus newspaper, will publish a special edition on civic engagement

 

Past Events

  • Sept. 18, Constitution Day speech 
  • Sept. 28 and Oct. 1-2, Voter Registration Campaign
  • Nov. 1, 6:00-8:00. Political Candidate Forum
    • U.S. House of Representatives, District 3: Jeff Duncan (R) and Mary Geren (D)
      (Video Part 1Video Part 2)
    • S.C. House of Representatives, District 13: Michael Gaskin (D) and John McCravy (R)
      (Video Part 1Video Part 2)
    • Mayor of Greenwood (non-partisan): Annette Edwards and Brandon Smith
      (Video)
  • ​Nov. 7, 5:30-7:00. Panel on Civic Engagement
    (Video)
  • Nov. 13, 3:30-4:45. Public Lecture on Briggs v. Elliott (1952)
     

 

SC Humanities

The mission of South Carolina Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. This not-for-profit organization presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and humanities-based experiences that reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state.

 

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