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Civic Engagement & Leadership

Pawprints Collegiate Readership Program

New York Times Talk Lunches

Join the discussions on current events published in recent newspaper articles while enjoying pizza for lunch! Topics have ranged from health care reform to gay marriage, immigration and climate change. Attendees are asked to participate, have an open mind and be respectful of others' opinions. The New York Times Talk Lunches are designed to promote civic skills such as critical thinking, persuasion and reasoned argument as well as civilized and respectful debate. Sessions are from 12:00pm-1:30pm and are typically facilitated by a faculty member.

Fall 2013 Schedule:


Topic Host Date Location More Information
Environmental Changes Brian Fath

February 12th

University Union Room 305

The Flood Next Time

For Already Vulnerable Penguins, Study Finds Climate Change Is Another Danger

Examining Mental Health to Prevent Mass Murder

Richard Vatz

March 11th

University Union
Room 305

Keeping Guns Out of the Hands of Those Who Would Use Them Illegally

'Mental illness' is a metaphor, not a predictor

Moving Forward in Howard

Microaggressions: Comments that Sting

Lisa Simmons & Spencer Bennett

April 9th

University Union
Room 305

Students See Many Slights as Racial 'Microaggressions'

Microaggressions Commets that Sting (Video)

The Microaggressions Project


Past NY Times Talk Lunches

NY Times Talk Lunches have been a Towson tradition for the past several semesters. Each semester brings new issues to the forefront, promoting fresh debate and new ideas.


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Phone: 410-704-4804
Fax: 410-704-3441





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