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.
In the wake of an unprecedented election, it is more important than ever to share and discuss our political views constructively. Campus Conversations provides students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to become politically engaged; learn about and from differing political perspectives; and better understand what and who informs our own political ideologies and affiliations. Campus Conversations will take place from 7:30pm to 9:00pm unless otherwise stated. This semester, the Office of Civic Engagement & Leadership is offering three Conversations:
Talk 1: Political Ideology and Party Politics (Thursday, Feb 16th, Loch Raven)
This talk will focus on the different political ideologies present on our campus and in the nation as a whole. The participants will learn about party politics, and discuss why we identify a certain way politically/vote a certain way.
Talk 2: Religion & Politics (Thursday, March 9th, Chesapeake Rooms)
Participants will learn about the history of religion in US politics, emphasizing the way it has played a role in recent elections. The group will discuss how religion affects political participation among different religious groups, as well as the way the government interacts with these religions.
Talk 3: Women and Politics (Thursday, April 27th, Patuxent Lounge)
The talk will focus on women and politics: what is the history of women’s participation in politics? How does politics affect women in ways that it doesn’t affect men? What are some barriers that women face to political participation? How does feminism interact with government?
The New York Times Talks are held from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM on the third floor of the University Union (unless otherwise stated). 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. Pizza and beverages are provided at each of the Talks.
The Fake News Phenomenon: The Talk will center on the stories about the fake new phenomenon that surrounded the last election. How can we avoid fake news stories? Did these fake stories really have that big of an impact on the election? Did the unprecedented way that network news covered the election have more of an impact?
The Immigration Question: Immigration has been a hot topic in the US for some time now, and discussion has reached a fever pitch with the president-elect calling for both mass deportation and the building of a wall. How should our current immigration situation be resolved? What are some of the barriers to an easy answer? What makes this issue so nuanced rather than black and white?
The Office of Civic Engagement & Leadership is looking for faculty and staff members who are interested in engaging students, faculty, and staff in a discussion about a topic they are passionate about. If you are interested in facilitating a New York Times Talk or have any questions about facilitating a talk please contact Kevin Albano, Coordinator for Civic Engagement at kalbano AT_TOWSON. Past topics have ranged from health care reform to gay marriage, immigration to climate change.