Center for Teaching and Learning

Civic Engagement


Suggestions to award bonus credit for attending a civic engagment program or activity

UMSL Recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Excellence in Teaching as a Community-Engaged Campus

News at Noon

News at Noon, a program sponsored jointly by the Current and the New York Times with assistance from the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Student Life, is designed to create discussions about current events between faculty and students. To view this semester's schedule, topic, and faculty experts click on the links below.

Spring 2012 Schedule

Fall 2011 Schedule

Spring 2011 Schedule

Fall 2010 Schedule

Spring 2010 Schedule

Fall 2009 Schedule

Spring 2009 Schedule

Fall 2008 Schedule

Students: please swipe your ID at a College Readership News bin and bring a New York Times to News at Noon. The New York Times, a sponsor of the American Democracy Project, is buying pizza for the first 25 students in the room. Faculty members are invited to bring a lunch and join the forum.

UMSL's Annual Civic Engagement Day

Each spring, a variety of civic and community engagement activities are planned to call attention to the many ways that UMSL is engaged in the community. These programs are organized and cosponsored by the Provost's Steering Committee for Civic Engagement, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Student Life.

View Civic Engagement Week 2011 Schedule

View Civic Engagement Week 2010 Schedule

View Civic Engagement Day 2009 Schedule

Civic Engagement Day 2008

Constitution Day

Constitution Day is an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge of the Constitution at a time when constitutional issues, from privacy to presidential power, confront the nation daily. The federal government now requires educational institutions to observe the signing of the Constitution to commemorate the anniversary date of September 17, 1787.

2011 Constitution Day
Wednesday, September 14, 2011, MSC-Century Rooms A & B, 12:15 - 1:30 PM. The program commemorates the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and explores the constitutional issues related to living and governing in a post 9/11 world.

The campus community is welcome to this event and two others:

  • A 9/11 Reflection Room in 315 MSC will be open Monday through Thursday, September 12 - 15 to share memories and honor the victims of 9/11.
  • Last Man Down: A Fireman's Story brings Richard Picciotto, a FDNY Battalion Commander in Manhattan, to the J.C. Penney Auditorium on September 15 at 7:00 PM. Chief Picciotto's gripping, first-person account conveys a firefighter's view of the 9/11 World Trade Center catastrophe and emergency response.

2010 Constitution Day
Wednesday, September 15, 2010, MSC-Century Rooms A & B, 12:15 - 1:45 PM.

2009 Constitution Day
Thursday, September 17, 2009, MSC - Century Rooms, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Flyer for Faculty
Flyer for Students

2008 Constitution Day
Tuesday, September 17, 2008, MSC - Century Rooms A & B, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

2007 Constitution Day
Monday, September 17, 2007, MSC - Century Rooms A-B-C, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Constitution Day study guides for The Missouri Bar Constitution Day Program are available.

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS)
ACS is engaged in a multi-year initiative, the Constitution in the 21st Century, to promote positive, much-needed change in our legal and policy landscape. The project brings together scholars and practitioners to formulate and advance a progressive vision of our Constitution and laws that is intellectually sound, practically relevant and faithful to our constitutional values and heritage. The centerpiece of the project is a series of issue groups focused on discrete areas of law and policy, through which a wide range of members will develop, communicate and popularize progressive ideas through papers, conferences and media outreach.

The New York Times
A great new Constitution Day site at The New York Times, with contributions from American Democracy Project participants.

National Constitution Center
A great set of resources from the National Center.

American Democracy Project
George Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), offered this presentation at the Missouri Campus Compact Statewide Conference on Civic Engagement and Service-Learning in September 2006.

Newseum and National Archives
Programs and resources offered by The National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001. Toll-free number: 1-866-272-6272

Other Events

Fight Back Teach-In
April 5, 2011: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
UC 62

The first half of the teach-in will feature a stream of a national discussion with moderators Cornell West (African American Studies, Princeton University) and
Frances Fox Piven (sociology and political science, Graduate Center, City University of New York). the second half of the event will be our discussion of the issues and what, if anything, students and facultywould like to do next.

Justice Talking
Listen in as the nation's top advocates tackle the tough, provocative legal issues that capture the headlines, from stem cell research to prayer in school, gay marriage to Guantanamo Bay. With knowledge and insight, veteran NPR correspondent Margot Adler leads listeners through a fast-paced hour. You can hear interviews with the nation's leading experts, reports from the field that explain why a legal issue matters and lively debates that force advocates to articulate and defend their positions. Commentaries, book reviews and roundtable discussions on current legal issues finish up the hour. Justice Talking is an entertaining and enlightening mix of voices and opinions. Tune in today and listen to the sound of democracy

Justice Learning
See also the materials available for Constitution Day at the companion site to Justice Talking.