New York Times Talk Lunches

Join the conversation by attending a Campus Conversation or a New York Times Talk. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome. These discussions are a way to get students more engaged with local, regional, national, and/or international occurrences. 

New York Times Talks

The New York Times Talks series brings students, faculty and staff together in meaningful conversations about some of the latest topics in the local, national, and international news. Attendees are encouraged to be active participants in the conversation, as well as have an open mind and be respectful of other’s thoughts, opinions, and ideas. Lunch and beverages are provided at each of the Talks. 

Upcoming New York Times Talk:

 "Can Trump Create Peace in the Middle East?"
Thursday, February 27, 2020
12 - 1:30 p.m.
West Village Commons, 307

The Trump plan was created without Palestinian input and meets many of the Israeli government’s long-term goals. This NYT talk will discuss what Trump/Kushner goals in the region suggest evident from the background and rollout of their “Peace Plan.”

Facilitated by Dr. Kimberly Katz, Professor of History 

Lunch to be provided!

Related Articles from The New York Times:

Opinion: Trump's Middle East Peace Plan Exposes the Ugly Truth

Opinion: The Palestinian Authority is a Sinking Ship


Need access to The New York Times? As a TU student, faculty or staff member, you have complimentary access! Visit and create an account using your TU e-mail address.

Campus Conversations

Campus Conversations provide students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to become politically engaged; learn about and from differing perspectives; and better understand what and who informs our own political ideologies and affiliations.

Upcoming Campus Conversation:

Minority Voting Panel

Wednesday, February 19
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Lecture Hall (LH 238)

Join us for a panel and meaningful conversations about the importance and impact of the minority vote, in the upcoming elections and beyond! 

Our distinguished panel includes:

  • Sophie Bertrand, Towson University student leader and Vote Everywhere Ambassador, Andrew Goodman Foundation
  • Madison Green, March for our Lives Maryland
  • Julian E. Jones, Jr., Fourth District Councilman, Baltimore County
  • Kathryn Quintin, Partnerships Manager, Students Learn Students Vote Coalition

Light refreshments will be provided!

This Conversation is hosted by the Student Government Association, and sponsored by the Office of Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility.



 Interested in Hosting a New York Times Talk or Campus Conversation?


The Office of Civic Engagement & Social Responsibility is looking for faculty and staff members who are interested in engaging the campus community in a discussion about a topic they are passionate about.  If you are interested in facilitating a New York Times Talk or Campus Conversation, or have any questions about facilitating any of these, please contact .  Past topics have ranged from health care reform to gay marriage, immigration to climate change.