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American Democracy Project Event Thursday, Oct. 7

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ The American Democracy Project at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh announces the creation of a lecture series, titled "Profiles in Commitment." 

"Profiles in Commitment" will feature local, regional and national speakers presenting the story of how they became engaged in local, statewide or national political or social issues.  The speakers will not only explain how they became engaged in public life, but also offer suggestions to students and members of the broader community about avenues for such engagement. There will be two events during the fall 2004 semester. These events are free and open to the public.

The first event is on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Plattsburgh Room, Angell College Center. It will feature Marlene Fields, director of the Educational Opportunity Program, and members of the local Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Commission who will explain how the first Martin Luther King celebration was created in Plattsburgh. 

The second event will be a presentation later this fall by Daniel Stewart, Mayor of Plattsburgh, on how he became engaged in public life. 

The American Democracy Project at SUNY Plattsburgh is intended to encourage students and other members of the academic community to become involved in public life and to encourage reflection on the meanings of civic engagement.  The American Democracy Project is led by a faculty and student committee, chaired by Dr. Robert Golden, provost and vice president for academic affairs. 

Further information regarding the American Democracy Project is available at http://www.plattsburgh.edu/offices/academic/adp

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