New York Times Talk Lunches

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

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. Unless otherwise noted, all New York Times Talks are virtual gatherings, and registration is required to receive the link to join.

Upcoming New York Times Talks

"Can we Count on Mail-in Voting?"
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Zoom Meetings (SIGN UP HERE)

For our next New York Times Talk, we will dive into the ongoing conversations about voting by mail, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Can it save our upcoming elections - and our people?

This conversation will feature Dr. John McTague from the Department of Political Science, and Sarah Elfreth '10, TU Alumna, Adjunct Professor, and Maryland State Senator.

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Issues to Action Series

The Issues to Action series (formerly Campus Conversations) provide students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to become more engaged around the issues they care about, through meaningful conversations, resource sharing, and the creation of next steps towards meaningful action.

Upcoming Issues to Action Series Events

Thursday, October 1: "Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook" A Virtual Screening & Discussion

5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Co-hosted by the Center for Student Diversity and the Office of Civic Engagement & Social Responsibility

RIGGED: The Voter Suppression Playbook is an award-winning documentary that exposes the nefarious tactics used to suppress the vote and serves to spark discussion on the actions needed to protect our democracy. Shot principally during the 2016 election, the film tracks a systematic, decade-long effort to reverse the impact of the growing demographic tide of non-white and younger voters who helped elect President Barack Obama in 2008. It details a variety of voter suppression “plays,” or tactics, ranging from the purging of voting rolls and passing of new, restrictive voter ID laws to gerrymandering and voter intimidation. The film includes revealing interviews detailing how the voter suppression game is played as well as cogent insights from leading voting rights advocates and law professors. It is narrated by Tony & Emmy award-winning actor, Jeffrey Wright.

The virtual screening will be followed by a panel and Q&A. 


Interested in Hosting a New York Times Talk or Issues to Action Series event?

The Office of Civic Engagement & Social Responsibility actively looks for student leaders, faculty and staff 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 Issues to Action event, or have any questions about facilitating any of these, please contact .