Linda M.G. Zerilli, Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and professor of gender and sexuality studies at the University of Chicago, will deliver the Penn State Center for Democratic Deliberation’s annual Kenneth Burke Memorial Lecture in Room 101 of the Hintz Family Alumni Center at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21.
Center for Democratic Deliberation
Center for Democratic Deliberation
How should the United States approach immigration? It’s a topic of ongoing debate in politics and the news; it was also the subject of a student-led discussion in Deliberation Nation, a ten-day series of deliberative discussions organized by first-year students in the Rhetoric and Civic Life course, sponsored by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy.
Leading up to spring break, first-year honors students enrolled in the Rhetoric and Civic Life course held more than 50 deliberations for students and community members over a two week period. The event, called Deliberation Nation, engaged 570 students and more than 50 community members in deliberative discussions around topics ranging from privacy in modern technology, to labeling of GMO’s, to mental health awareness.
For the second year in a row, first-year honors students are encouraging community members to join them in deliberative discussions on topics that range from local to global significance and urgency. Between Feb. 22 and March 3, Deliberation Nation will present more than 50 opportunities for students and community members to engage in serious conversations that challenge participants to reflect on the values that shape their decision making.
The McCourtney Institute for Democracy will offer a spring speaker series featuring national journalists and political science scholars examining issues related to the 2016 presidential campaign, beginning Feb. 26.
Free screenings of the climate change documentary "This Changes Everything" will be offered 7-9:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 and 4 at the State Theatre. The documentary is based on the book "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate" by Naomi Klein.
Public scholar and author Christopher Beem of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, has been named managing director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State. Beem will help raise the visibility of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy and coordinate with the Institute’s two affiliated centers: the Center for Democratic Deliberation and the Center for American Political Responsiveness.
The Penn State Speech & Debate Society recently competed at the Lafayette Debates in Washington, D.C. and the Madison Cup at in Harrisonburg, VA. Qinglan Huang, a second-year student in the accelerated premedical program, and Collin Warren, a junior majoring in economics, advanced to the sweet sixteen at the Lafayette Debates and took 9th place at the Madison Cup.
Deliberation Nation, a week-long series of deliberative discussions on topics pertaining to campus life, kicks off on Feb. 24 with multiple events throughout the week.
As the fall midterm elections approach, Penn State’s Center for Democratic Deliberation (CDD) continues to develop new knowledge and training in rhetoric, debate, and deliberation for students, educators, and citizens through its initiatives in research, teaching, and outreach. Since its founding in 2006, the CDD has had a significant impact on undergraduate and graduate education at Penn State, launching innovative changes in the university’s speaking and writing courses. For example, Rhetoric and Civic Life, a course for honors students and aspiring Paterno Fellows, offers comprehensive training in speaking, writing, visual, and digital communications skills.
“As Penn State undergoes a revision of its General Education curriculum, the CDD serves as an important resource for developing new approaches to courses that teach citizenship skills,” said Dr. J. Michael Hogan, CDD Director and Liberal Arts Research Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences.
A national organization that empowers citizens to exert greater control over public spending was selected as the first recipient of the Brown Democracy Medal, an award that will be presented annually by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts. The inaugural medal winner, the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP), is a nonprofit organization that promotes “participatory budgeting,” an inclusive process that empowers community members to make informed decisions about public spending. More than 30,000 people in communities across the United States have participated in programs that PBP helped spark over the last five years.
The Penn State Center for Democratic Deliberation (CDD) announced that the 22nd annual Kenneth Burke Lecture in Rhetoric will feature Meira Levinson, associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of the award-winning book "No Citizen Left Behind" (2012). Her talk, “Teaching as Moral Injury: The Ethics of Educational Injustice,” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in Foster Auditorium in the Paterno Library.
Penn State's Department of Communication Arts and Sciences and The Center for Democratic Deliberation are sponsoring the final round of the semi-annual Civic Engagement Public Speaking Contest at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 22, in 110 Business Building on the University Park campus. The event is free to the public. Six of the top speakers from this semester’s CAS 100A course "Effective Speech" will speak on issues of civic importance for a public audience and panel of esteemed judges.
The 21st annual Kenneth Burke Lecture in Rhetoric will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in 112 Kern Building.
The life and work of prominent labor and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez will be the focus of a Feb. 14 symposium at Penn State and a photography exhibit at the Art Alley of the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus. The events are co-sponsored by Penn State's Center for Democratic Deliberation and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and are free to the public.