Civic Culture Education
Program Coordinator: Kathryn E. Landreth
702-229-3304 • klandreth@tnc.org

CDC promotes in Nevada civic education programs sponsored by the US Department of Justice, Center for Civic Education, ABA Central and East European Initiative, Nevada State Bar, Clark County Bar Association, and other national and regional organizations dedicated to civic culture. The Center offers guidance to school teachers seeking to expand their social and political science curriculum. It also provides UNLV faculty and community professionals for speaking engagements and other programs, including judges for competitions such as "We the People."

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Crosscultural Dialogues
Program Coordinator: John Murtagh
702-376-5287 • jmurtagh@longfordhomes.com

CDC organizes dialogues between Americans and people from other countries. High school and college students especially benefit from such exchanges. Connected via the Internet, they can talk about the pressing issues of the day, such as terrorism, civil liberties, US engagements abroad, media coverage of national and international events, building democratic institutions around the world. Internet bridges give members of the UNLV and Nevada community a chance to expand their knowledge of international relations and conduct dialogue across cultural divides with people who hold different ideas about world affairs.

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Justice & Democracy Forum
Program Coordinator: Jeffrey W. Stempel
702-895-3671 • stempel@ccmail.nevada.edu

CDC offers a nonpartisan forum for exchanging partisan views on issues central to the community like tort reforms, access to the justice system, evaluation and election of judges, political advertisement and civil discourse. To further dialogue among community members, the Center organizes panels and forums where politicians, scholars, and professionals can debate issues dividing the Nevada community. Discussions aim to increase the room for the honest differences of opinion by giving a fair hearing to all parties involved. The forum also helps educate the public about the stakes it has in current political debates.

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Social Health of Nevada
Program Coordinator: Dmitri N. Shalin
702-895-0259 • shalin@unlv.nevada.edu

The Social Health of Nevada and the Leading Indicators project encompasses indexing, social reporting, community needs assessment, and policy analysis that promise to improve the quality of life in the Silver State. The SHN places our state’s performance in the national and international context; provides a historical overview of the current trends; compares Nevada’s performance with that of the other states and regions; supplies an in-depth analysis of the existing patterns; offers practical suggestions to community members with specific problems; assesses the data collection needs; gives the legislative updates; and formulates recommendations for policy makers and administrators.

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Emotional Intelligence Initiative
Program Coordinator: Dmitri N. Shalin
702-895-0259 • shalin@unlv.nevada.edu

CDC implements innovative projects that further civility, emotional intelligence, and alternative dispute resolution. Following the pioneering research on the role of emotions in social life, the Emotional Intelligence Initiative develops interactive programs that help individuals and groups acquire vital skills in affect recognition, emotion coaching, anger management, effective communication, and nonviolent conflict resolution. The programs are age-specific and are designed in particular to benefit school children and young adults.

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International Biography Initiative
Program Coordinator: Boris Doktorov
650-671-5593 •
bdoktorov@inbox.ru

CDC supports the International Biography Initiative (IBI) that features interviews and autobiographical materials collected from scholars and public intellectuals residing in different countries. In its early phase, the project has focused on the individuals who participated in the intellectual and political movements that came into existence in the aftermath of the Nikita Khrushchev's liberalization campaign. We plan to place on the CDC web site written, and where possible, audio versions of the interviews. The materials are posted as they become available, in the language of the original, with the translations planned for the future.

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Erving Goffman Archives
Program Coordinator: Sherri Cavan
415-863-6664 • scavan@sfsu.edu

The Erving Goffman Archives (EGA) collects documents, biographical materials, and critical studies about Dr. Erving Goffman, the 73d president of the American Sociological Association.  EGA provides personal testimonies and documents bearing on academic life in the post WWII Untied States, with special attention to the plight of women in the social sciences.  This web-based, open-source project serves as a clearing house for those interested in the dramaturgical perspective in sociology and biographical methods of research.

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Intercyberlibrary and Pragmacyberlibrary
Program Coordinator: CDC Associates
415-863-6664 • shalin@unlv.nevada.edu

Intercyberlibrary and Pragmacyberlibrary are dedicated to scholarship that traces its origin to the ideas put forward by American pragmatists George Herbert Mead, John Dewey, William James, and Charles Peirce. Social scientists working in this tradition, also known as symbolic interactionism or Chicago school sociology, explore face-to-face encounters in real life settings, using a wide range of ethnographic methods that allow social scientists to mesh with social reality and become participant observers in group life they study. These continuously updated repositories highlight the works and public engagements of intellectuals who have helped advance interactionist and pragmatist ideas in recent decades.

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Culture and Intelligentsia
Program Coordinator: Boris Firsov
firsov@eu.spb.ru


The Culture and Intelligentsia project collects documents and research on the role that intellectuals play in generating, transmitting, and transforming society in fledgling democracies. Special attention is paid to the intelligentsia’s discourse and emotionally charged behavior that perpetuate, not always consciously, models of being found in a given culture. The project started in 1992 when UNLV hosted the First Nevada Conference on Russian Culture. Sponsored by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, MacArthur Foundation, Nevada Humanities Committee, Russian Academy of Sciences, and National Public Opinion Center in Moscow, the event brought to Las Vegas scholars from several countries who presented the results of their studies on Russian society and culture and who continue to track the fate of reforms in emerging democracies.

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International Programs
Program Coordinator: Robert H. Tracy
702-895-4210 • rtracy@ccmail.unlv.edu

CDC encourages international contacts between Nevadans and people from different countries, especially those living in fledgling democracies, who aspire to strengthen civic society and build market economies. To promote such exchanges and further dialogue among nations, the Center organizes citizen summits, international conferences, cultural festivals, and art shows that bring to Nevada foreign artists, scholars, politicians, and professionals who can observe our institutions and enrich our understanding of cultural differences and alternative life styles.

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Guest Speakers’ Series
Program Coordinator: Stephen M. Rowland
702-895-3625 • rowland@ccmail.unlv.edu

CDC brings to UNLV guest speakers who offer fresh perspectives on issues confronting our local and national community. Wherever possible, such talks follow a discussion panel format, with local experts serving as discussants and moderators.

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Visiting Scholars’ Program
Program Coordinator: Ted G. Jelen
702-895-3355 • jelent@unlv.nevada.edu

CDC promotes scholarly exchange, inviting to UNLV researchers from different national and international institutions who may be appointed visiting scholars for up to one year.

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Special Events
Program Coordinator: Paul Werth
702-895-3344• werthp@unlv.nevada.edu

Special events sponsored by the CDC include occasional programs and activities not covered by the regular programming; such events are generally open to the public.

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