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CSU, National Archives to host student research conference

Clayton State University officials are pushing for college students to submit ideas for an upcoming conference about social and civic responsibility, community leadership and service to society.

John Shiffert, director of University relations, said that University System of Georgia students are being encouraged to submit papers and panel-session proposals on any topic relating to engagement in community politics besides voting.

He said CSU and The National Archives at Atlanta will hold the Fourth Annual Student Research Conference on Civic Engagement on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the National Archives at Atlanta, located at, 5780 Jonesboro Road, in Morrow.

The keynote address will be given by Shabnam Bashiri, Shabaka Guillory and Ben Speight.

“Bashiri and Guillory are young activists who are involved with Occupy Atlanta,” said Shiffert. “Speight is the organizing director for the Teamsters Local 728.”

He added the keynote address, titled “Celebrating Activism: Public and Professional Activism,” will run from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

The conference, sponsored by Clayton State University, the National Archives at Atlanta, and The New York Times, will also feature presentations by the winners of the Fifth Annual Ogden First Amendment Essay Contest.

“The award is named in memory of James H. Ogden, Jr., late husband of Clayton State business professor Dr. Judith Ogden, and a lifelong supporter of First Amendment rights,” Shiffert said.

The agenda for the conference is as follows:

•10 a.m.-10:45 a.m., presentations by the first- and second-place winners of the Ogden essay contest;

•10:45 a.m.-11:20 a.m., student engagement presentations

•11:30 a.m.- noon, keynote speakers

•Noon-1 p.m., lunch/tour of National Archives at Atlanta

•1p.m.-2 p.m., student presentations/political blogging panel/alternative spring break presentation.

For more information about the conference contact Dr. Joe Corrado at joecorrado@clayton.edu or the National Archives at Atlanta at http://www.archives.gov/southeast/, or (770) 968-2100.