ADP at RIC, NBC 10 partnership to provide election events this fall



The American Democracy Project (ADP) at RIC, one of the state's leading organizations in political engagement, will once again partner with NBC 10 for the election season. Events will include congressional primary debates, congressional and senatorial general election debates, a voter registration drive on campus, a Presidential DebateWatch and two panel discussions with state leaders, members of the media and noted academics.

“ADP is a unique partnership between faculty, students, and community,” said Valerie Endress, RIC associate professor of communication and a coordinator of ADP at RIC. “As an organization focused on political engagement, it is also unique to the state. Our programming is timely, thought provoking and designed to engage the entire Rhode Island community.”
Schedule of events:

• ADP/NBC-10 Congressional Primary Debates
Thursday, Sept. 6, Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

RIC students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to see the political process up close and live. Join NBC 10’s Gene Valicenti and the candidates in the final televised congressional debates of the primary campaign season.

– Congressional District 2 (D) 1:30 p.m. (1/2-hour debate taped for broadcast Saturday, Sept. 8 on NBC 10 at 7:30 p.m.)
– Congressional District 2 (R) 3:00 p.m. (1/2-hour debate taped for broadcast Friday, Sept. 7 on NBC 10 at 7:30 p.m.)
– Congressional District 1 (D) 7:30 p.m. (1/2 hour debate live broadcast on NBC 10)

No reservations are needed but seating capacity limited to 400. Audience will be limited to RIC students, faculty, and staff with a current RIC ID. Doors will open 30 minutes before each of the debates. Because the debates are televised, doors will close once the moderator takes the stage.

• ADP Forum – Political Debates: What Wikipedia Won’t Tell You
Thursday, Sept. 13, Alger Hall 110, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What goes on before, during, and after candidates hold their debates? What determines the real winners or losers? Our panel of experts will give you a look behind the scenes to determine what the candidates want to accomplish and how they go about doing it, what the voters want and whether they're getting it, and how you can evaluate this important campaign ritual.

• ADP/Rhode Island Office of the Secretary of State Voter Registration Drive
[DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED], RIC Student Union

Join RIC’s American Democracy Project students and the Rhode Island Office of the Secretary of State for a voting machine demonstration, a review of voter education websites, and other election-related activities. RIC students, faculty, staff and the public will be able to register to vote in the November election.

• DebateWatch
Thursday, Oct. 3, Field House, CCRI Knight Campus, Warwick, 7:30 p.m.

In 2004 and 2008, Rhode Island set the national record for holding the largest DebateWatch in the country. We plan to continue that tradition as the public is invited to join Bill Rappleye of NBC 10 and Mark Curtis of ABC6 and offer their perspectives on the first presidential debate. This year, the event will be held at the CCRI Knight Campus Field House.

The opening session will include commentary from national and statewide office holders and political experts. At 9 p.m., the presidential debate will be shown in its entirety on large-screen televisions and, after the debate, trained facilitators will lead focus group discussions on the debate's impact on the election. DebateWatch organizers will then forward participants’ opinions to the National Commission on Presidential Debates. The commission releases the results through a variety of news outlets within 24 hours after the debates. All residents, state and local organizations, as well as high school and college students are encouraged to attend and participate.

• ADP Forum – Ruling Rhode Island: Who's Really in Charge?
Wednesday, Oct. 17, Alger Hall 110, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

There's a long-held tradition in Rhode Island of blaming someone else for the ills of the state. Republicans blame the unions, unions blame the economic interest groups, interest groups are critical of the domination of the Democratic Party, and citizen’s groups are critical of the media and the way Rhode Island government runs. This time we're going to ask representatives of several of those groups to explain and defend their level of influence and why they should have it.

• ADP/NBC 10 Congressional and Senatorial Debates
Thursday, Nov. 1, Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

Be part of the live television audience as NBC 10’s Bill Rappleye moderates the Rhode Island congressional and senatorial debates. The greater Rhode Island community is invited to attend.

– Congressional District 2: 1:30 p.m. (1/2 hour debate taped for broadcast Saturday, Nov. 3 on NBC 10 at 7:30 p.m.)
– Senatorial: 3:00 p.m. (1/2 hour debate taped for broadcast Friday, Nov. 2 on NBC 10 at 7:30 p.m.)
– Congressional District 1: 7:30 pm. (1/2 debate live broadcast on NBC 10)

No reservations are needed but seating capacity limited to 400. Doors open 30 minutes before each of the debates. Because the debates are televised, doors will close once the moderator takes the stage.


For more information on the events, please contact Valerie Endress (vendress@ric.edu) (401) 456-4781 or Kay Israel (kisrael@ric.edu) (401) 456-8648.

The American Democracy Project began in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with The New York Times. Its goal is to produce graduates who are committed to being active, involved citizens in their communities. There are over 220 participating colleges and universities. RIC is the only college in the state to participate in the ADP, and its program is considered one of the leading in the country for political and civic engagement, often used as the model for initiatives by other colleges.