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Kenneth Burke Lecture

When Apr 20, 2018
from 04:00 PM to 05:40 PM
Where Location TBA
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Robert Asen, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Camp Rhetoric 2018: Precarious Times, Contested Identities

When Mar 30, 2018 12:00 AM to
Mar 31, 2018 12:00 AM
Where Burrowes and Sparks Buildings
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Camp Rhetoric is a graduate student-centered, inter-university and interdisciplinary conference on rhetoric hosted by the

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Deliberation Nation

When Feb 19, 2018 12:00 AM to
Mar 04, 2018 12:00 AM
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The CDD proudly supports Penn State freshmen honors students, who invite the community to join them in deliberative discussions of local, nat! ional, and global significance and urgency. As part of the Rhetoric and Civic Life course offered as a first-year seminar through the College of the Liberal Arts, students host more than 50 opportunities for town and gown to engage together in serious conversations that challenge participants to reflect on the values that shape their decision-making on important topics of the day.

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CDD Colloquium: "Trump is a Joke: Why Satire Makes Sense When Politics Doesn't"

When Feb 20, 2018
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Location TBA
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Sophia McClennan, Professor of Comparative Literature and International Affairs, Pennsylvania State University

2018 State of State Conference

When Feb 03, 2018
from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Where Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
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The CDD is excited to support the annual State of State Conference, organized
by student leaders on campus to promote dialogue throughout the university
regarding numerous vital issues.
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Living in a University Town: How Should We Ensure a Safe Community for All?

When Dec 01, 2017
from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where 233B HUB-Robeson Center at Penn State
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The Center for Democratic Deliberation is excited to host social studies students from the Delta Program High School for a public issues forum. The pilot course, “Problems that Persist: Deliberating Public Issues,” has immersed students in questions of local deliberation over the past few months. You can read more about their innovative activities here:

CDD is proud to host these students for an issues forum with University Park undergraduate students, faculty, and members of the State College community. The topic will be “Living in a University Town: How Should We Ensure a Safe Community for All?” Using a structured approach to deliberative dialogue modeled on materials from the National Issues Forums Institute, students will moderate small-group conversations around an “issue guide” that they have produced. The issue guide, which describes three different policy approaches for the community to consider, has been developed by students based on extensive input from community members and leaders.  

At the Intersections: Abolition and Suffrage in the U.S. (A Case Study for Democratic Dissent)

When Oct 24, 2017
from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Where 102 Burrowes Building (Grucci Room)
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Kathryn Gines

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Founding Director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers

This paper explores claims about the abolition and suffrage movements in the US made by Simone de Beauvoir in The Second Sex (1949) as well as by Alva Myrdal in “A Parallel to the Negro Problem” (1944). Gines offers a more expansive counter-narrative with attention to the intersections of racism, sexism, abolition, and suffrage in the scholarship of Ida B. Wells (Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells), Angela Davis (Women, Race, and Class), bell hooks (Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism), and Paula Giddings (When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America).

Open House


Open House

FALL 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 3:30 – 5:00 P.M. 102 Burrowes Building (Grucci Room)

  • Introductions
  • Preview of Programming and Initiatives for 2017-18
  • Director’s Message
  • Voices of Democracy Roundtable - “Democratic Dissent”


Stephen H. Browne, Liberal Arts Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences

Ebony Coletu, Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies

Abraham Khan, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Communication Arts and Sciences

Jack Selzer, Paterno Family Liberal Arts Professor

*Discussion and Refreshments

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CDD Open House

When Sep 26, 2017
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 102 Burrowes (Grucci Room)
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Please join us for the 2017-2018 Center for Democratic Deliberation Open House. The event will include introductions to the center's staff and affiliates; a preview of the center's programming and initiatives for the academic year; and a Voices of Democracy Round-table titled "Democratic Dissent," featuring faculty members from the Communication Arts & Sciences and English Departments.

Light refreshments will be served.

Linda M.G. Zerilli Delivers Kenneth Burke Lecture

On March 21st, the Center for Democratic Deliberation hosted the 25th annual Kenneth Burke Lecture. Linda Zerilli, the Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and professor of gender and sexuality studies at the University of Chicago, presented "A Democratic Theory of Judgement." In her lecture, Zerilli explored the concept of “reflective judgment” and its implications for contemporary democratic theory and practice.