Public Education in the Early American Republic

Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall 7751 Alumni Dr, College Park, MD, United States

Lecturer: Ralph Bauer, Associate Professor Department of English, University of Maryland This talk will offer a survey of how the founders of the Early American Republic saw the role and significance of public education in the formation of citizenship. Hosted by the Department of English

Most Americans Shouldn’t Vote

Martin Hall 1108 Glenn Martin Hall, College Park, MD, United States

Guest Speaker: Jason Brennan, Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair and Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University Most Americans are misinformed and irrational about politics. By voting, they are not doing us any favors. For most Americans, civic virtue might mean admitting they are not competent to hold […]

Public and Personal Morality in a Democracy

Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall 7751 Alumni Dr, College Park, MD, United States

Lecturer: Susan Dwyer, Executive Director, Honors College and Associate Professor Department of Philosophy, University of Maryland A hallmark of liberal democracies is that government ought not legislate morality. But while genuine liberty requires that each of us determine our own conception of the good in accordance with our values, democracy itself cannot flourish without all of us […]

Rhetoric and Politics in America: What’s Past is Prologue

Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall 7751 Alumni Dr, College Park, MD, United States

Lecturer: Shirley Logan, Professor, Department of English, and Trevor Parry-Giles, Professor, Department of Communication, University of Maryland Professors Shirley Logan and Trevor Parry-Giles discuss the influence of rhetoric and persuasion on the course of politics in the U.S. over the past two centuries. They will also consider rhetoric's role in the contemporary political campaign environment. Co-hosted by the […]

Internationalizing U.S. Public Higher Education

Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall 7751 Alumni Dr, College Park, MD, United States

Guest Speaker: Amy Wan, Associate Professor and Co-Director of First Year Writing, Queens College, CUNY Respondent: Scott Wible, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Maryland “Internationalizing U.S. Public Higher Education” considers what it means to cultivate the “global citizenship” of the student body and how rhetorical education can help manage this foundational shift. By contextualizing discourse about the […]

From the Schoolhouse Gate to the Jailhouse Door: Constitutional Rights on Campus

Knight Hall, Eaton Theater Knight Hall, College Park, MD, United States

Guest Speaker: Frank LoMonte, Executive Director, Student Press Law Center The Supreme Court first explicitly recognized in 1943 that students have inalienable constitutional protections that public schools cannot take away, but since that time, student rights have been on an ideological roller-coaster depending on the tenor of the times. Why today's judicial deference to school disciplinary decisions -- […]

Promises of Consent and Equality? Public Education after the American Revolution

Taliaferro Hall 2110 4280 Chapel Drive, College Park, MD, United States

Lecturer: Holly Brewer, Burke Chair of American History and Associate Professor Department of History, University of Maryland The American Revolution led to the birth of public education as we know it because, as many founders argued, unlike aristocracy where a few men born to power ruled, democracy required an educated citizenry who could govern themselves. While educating the public […]

American Democracy and Science

Physical Sciences Complex, Lobby Physical Sciences Complex, College Park, MD, United States

Lecturer: Thomas D. Cohen, Professor, Department of Physics, University of Maryland The philosophical movement known as the Enlightenment stressed the role of reason and in many deeps ways guided the development of modern science. In developing the political system of the United States, its founders were also profoundly influenced by the ideas of the Enlightenment. This talk explores […]

The Architecture of Thomas Jefferson for a New Democracy

Architecture Auditorium 0204 3835 Campus Dr, College Park, MD, United States

Lecturer: Cynthia R. Field, Adjunct Professor, and Isabelle J. Gournay, Associate Professor School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, University of Maryland This talk will present an avenue into Thomas Jefferson’s ideals and actions through his architecture. Jefferson’s architecture reflects the influence of both Scottish philosophy and French Enlightenment.  This combination was a well-established special relationship in Europe. It manifested […]

Citizenship and the Right to Public Education for Undocumented Immigrants

Jiminez Hall 0220 Jiminez Hall, College Park, MD, United States

Lecturer: Robert Koulish, Director, MLAW Programs and Joel J. Feller Research Professor College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland Immigrants are not as different from citizens in terms of citizenship responsibilities and right as many have been led to believe. And quite frankly, depending on how citizenship is defined, immigrants-- even undocumented immigrants-- can have much […]

With Justice for all? Bryan Stevenson and the First Year Book

Stamp Student Union Colony Ballroom 3972 Campus Dr, College Park, MD, United States

Guest Speaker: Bryan Stevenson, Author of Just Mercy, the 2016-17 First Year Book at UMD Bryan Stevenson will be on campus to discuss his book and speak on the public defense available to the poor and the wrongly condemned in the United States. His memoir compels readers to question what mercy is in America. Through the story of Walter McMillian, Just […]

Of Slaves, Sharecroppers, and Convicts: Unsettling Clemson University’s History

Tawes Hall 2115 7751 Alumni Dr, College Park, MD, United States

Guest Speaker: Rhondda Thomas, Associate Professor Department of English, Clemson University This talk examines the unsettling of Clemson University’s sanitized approach to history through a scholar-activist’s recovery of the stories of enslaved and sharecropping African Americans who labored on the land—John C. Calhoun’s Fort Hill Plantation—upon which the institution was built by a predominately African American convict labor crew; Clemson […]